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?
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 www.nrahq.org/youth/gamelist.pdf which can help inspire your entry.
Can my entry have multiple animals, or should it just have one?
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?
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.
Got a question you’d like answered about the 2011 George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest? Email us at firstname.lastname@example.org.