By Kyle Jillson | August 30 2011 17:14
An Honorable Mention entry from Ruri Kodama in the 2010 George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest on NRAblog

We've been getting some questions about the rules for the 2011 George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest and wanted to put together a nifty Frequently Asked Questions guide for prospective contestants. With the new school year starting, a lot of students will be starting work on their entries and this list of commonly asked questions will hopefully clear up any potential confusion. If you still have something you'd like to ask, please call (703-267-1588) or email us.

What animals are eligible?

Your entry should depict a North American game bird or game animal – any animal (or bird) that can be legally hunted or trapped in the United States or Canada. (The judges look more for “fur-bearers and feather-bearers” – so fish.)

We have a list of eligible animals online at which can help inspire your entry.

Can my entry have multiple animals, or should it just have one?

Multiple animals are okay. Of course, you’ll want to make sure that your artistic portrayal creates a realistic view of two animals that might be found in the kind of habitat you’re depicting – a whitetail deer and a squirrel, for example, would be okay, but a Rio Grande turkey and an arctic hare might be a little less realistic to find in the same ecosystem (outside of a zoo!).

Can I enter? I don’t live in the United States.

Sorry – only students in the United States in grades 1 through 12 can enter.

Can I enter my painting on canvas?

Sure! While the rules say that “submissions should be on good quality bond or drawing paper, or illustration board” and that “preferred sizes for the 8½"x11" or 11"x14",” it’s okay if the artwork is on canvas, or watercolor paper, or whatever surface is appropriate. (And it doesn’t have to be 8½"x11" or 11"x14" – bigger or smaller are okay, too.)

Do I have to send the original, or can I send a photocopy?

You do have to send the original artwork – copies will not be accepted.

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