$7,000 in prizes up for grabs in this year's NRA art contest for young artists

2013 George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest Honorable Mention

Fairfax, Virginia - Calling all young artists! Last year's George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest awarded $7,000 in cash prizes to some extremely talented artists in grades 1-12 and we're doing it all again this year.

We are now accepting entries for the 2014 contest. The deadline to get your entires in isn't until November 3, so don't feel like you need to complete your work of art this weekend.

Entered artwork may be of any North American game bird or game animal that is legally hunted or trapped in the United States or Canada, and may be created in any medium you choose. The composition must be original, but photos can be used for reference.

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High school artists receive Honorable Mentions in Youth Wildlife Art Contest

2013 NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest Honorable Mention recipient Shelby Bernard

Fairfax, Virginia - And now for the Honorable Mentions from the top category of the George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest - Category IV. Comprised of students in grades ten through twelve, this category features some of the most talented young wildlife artists in the United States. As with Category III, our judges have a very tough time narrowing the entries down to determine Honorable Mentions, let alone elevate three to become winners. These entries may not have placed, but they are still recognized for their excellent appeal to the contest's judging pillars of effort, creativity, anatomical accuracy, and composition.

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Presenting Category III Honorable Mentions from our seventh through ninth grade artists

2013 NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest Honorable Mention recipient Anastasia Golyakova

Fairfax, Virginia - Category III in our Youth Wildlife Art Contest is for artists in grades seven through nine. When we said that it was extremely tough for our judging panel to select the category's three winning entries, it was because these now-Honorable Mentions were in the running. Like with our Honorable Mentions from Category I and Category II, although these entries ultimately did not place, our judges had singled them out for their outstanding technique, effort, or for any other reason.

The colorful entry above of a fox comes from Anastasia Golyakova, a ninth grader from Richland, Washington.

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Small critters and big creatures abound in Youth Wildlife Art Contest's elementary school Honorable Mentions

2013 NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest Honorable Mention recipient YiYun Li

Fairfax, Virginia - After covering the winning entries from last fall's 1st through 12th grade George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest, we've begun sharing the other entries that caught our judges' eyes - the honorable mentions. Moving on to Category II, these honorable mentions come from our 4th through 6th grade entrants. Although only three entries from each category can place, these hand-picked pieces still ranked impressive in the contest's effort, creativity, anatomical accuracy, and composition criteria.

Without further ado and in no particular order, here are the honorable mentions from Category II.

Above is fifth grader YiYun Li's impressive drawing of a pair of big horn sheep, coming to us from Sugar Land, Texas.

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Talented Category I artists are awarded Honorable Mention in Youth Wildlife Art Contest

2013 NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest Honorable Mention recipient Ashley Park

Fairfax, Virginia - Out of the hundreds of entries we receive each year for the George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest, our judges can only select 13 to the winner's circle - three from each of the four categories plus the Best in Show. But there are so many more entries that deserve recognition, which is why we have Honorable Mentions.

During the judging process, every member of the panel may choose any piece of art, for any reason, to receive an Honorable Mention. And now that we've completed the reveals of 2013's winners, it's time to highlight the Honorable Mentions - in no particular order - starting back at Category I.

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Art contest's top honors go to incredible raccoon painting

2013 George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest Best In Show recipient Justas Varpucanskis

Fairfax, Virginia - The final, and most prestigious award of the George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest is Best In Show. Chosen from among all entries regardless of category, the Best In Show recipient was judged to have the most creativity, anatomical accuracy, effort, and composition. And the prize? $1,000.

After a lengthy debate between our panel of judges, Justas Varpucanskis of Mokena, Illinois, received the ultimate award. His entry, titled Raccoon in Repose, is a photo-quality painting of an incredibly lifelike raccoon. Justas's involvement in the Youth Wildlife Art Contest began with his first entry in 2010. In 2012, the then-ninth grader won First Place Category III. Although very talented, the jump from Category III to Category IV is often tough on an artist, as their entries face stiffer competition. It is even more remarkable then, that Justas beat not only his Category IV competition, but every other contest entry.

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Wolf and Canadian lynx join Dall sheep at top spot in art contest's Category IV

2013 George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest Category IV First Place recipient Joanne Zheng

Fairfax, Virginia - And now for the winners of the George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest's final group - Category IV. Reserved for entries from students in grades ten, eleven, and twelve, Category IV is the contest's toughest division.

While the entire category is chock full of impressive work, these winning entries are a sight to behold. More than the hours upon hours these three students poured into their works, these entries are the culmination of years of practicing and honing artistic skill. Our judges, professional artists themselves, do not hold back when judging Category IV and scrutinize each entry, looking for the three that best follow the contest pillars of effort, creativity, composition, and most importantly anatomical accuracy.

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Seventh, eighth, and ninth grade artists compete for top place in Youth Wildlife Art Contest's third category

2013 George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest Category III First Place recipient Anna Chen

Fairfax, Virginia - The third of four categories in our George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest is comprised of seventh through ninth graders, encompassing middle school students and making a foothold among the highly skilled and competitive high school artists.

But Category III is no slouch. The contest's panel of judges had an incredibly difficult time even narrowing the pool down to choose winners and honorable mentions; entries were that good. But, like all other categories, our judges eventually selected their favorites and awarded a seventh, eighth, and ninth grader first, second, and third respectively.

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Contest veterans edged by newcomer in NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest's Category II

2013 George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest Category II First Place recipient Elijah Roberts

Fairfax, Virginia - Next up in the winning entries from the four categories of the George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest are our fourth through sixth graders. Category II rounds out the elementary school students.

Judging these entries is especially tough for our panel as many more students have art training and are beginning to experiment with different techniques. After meticulously going over every entry in the category and making several cuts, out judges awarded three sixth graders the top spots.

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