$7,000 in cash prizes for the top first through twelfth graders in NRA art contest

2013 George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest Category I Third Place recipient Alisa Jia

Fairfax, Virginia - Each year the George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest challenges aspiring artists throughout the country to create stunning wildlife art and compete with one another for thousands of dollars in prizes. And with the November 3 deadline a little less than two months away, it's time to break out the paint, colored pencils, charcoal, or any medium you like and join in on the action.

The Youth Wildlife Art Contest is a great way to practice new techniques, build your portfolio, and maybe even earn a little spending money for the school year. Any student in grades one through twelve, including homeschooled children, may enter. Artwork must be of any North American game bird or game animal that can be legally hunted or trapped in the United States or Canada and can use any 2D medium (e.g. pens, pencils, charcoal, pastels, paint, etc.) The composition must be original, but photos can be used for reference.

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$7,000 in prizes to the top first through twelfth graders in NRA art contest

2013 NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest Honorable Mention recipient Cassie Wang

Fairfax, Virginia - Each year the George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest challenges aspiring artists throughout the country to create stunning wildlife art and compete with one another for thousands of dollars in prizes. And with the November 3 deadline a little less than two months away, it's time to break out the paint, colored pencils, charcoal, or any medium you like and join in on the action.

The Youth Wildlife Art Contest is a great way to practice new techniques, build your portfolio, and maybe even earn a little spending money for the school year. Any student in grades one through twelve, including homeschooled children, may enter. Artwork must be of any North American game bird or game animal that can be legally hunted or trapped in the United States or Canada and can use any 2D medium (e.g. pens, pencils, charcoal, pastels, paint, etc.) The composition must be original, but photos can be used for reference.

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Calling all young artists! Test your artistic skills and compete for $7,000 in cash this fall

2013 NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest Honorable Mention recipient Ashley Park

Fairfax, Virginia - With summer break winding to a close and a new year of school beginning for much of America, it's important to remember that school is not all reading, writing, and arithmetic. If you're an aspiring artist and would like to practice your techniques, build your portfolio, or just earn a little spending money, the George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest is for you. We're giving away $7,000 in cash prizes to talented artists in grades one to twelve.

Interested? Artwork may be of any North American game bird or game animal that can be legally hunted or trapped in the United States or Canada. You can use any 2D medium you choose, so break out the pens, pencils, charcoal, pastels, paint, or whatever you like. The composition of your entry must be original, but photos can be used for reference.

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$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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