By Kyle Jillson | June 28 2012 13:32

Category III Honorable mention recipient Grace Zhang from the 2011 Youth Wildlife Art Contest

Do you like creating pieces of art or know someone who does? The George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest is now accepting entries and will be giving away $7,000 in cash prizes this fall. Now that summer is here there's plenty of time to work on your bighorn sheep, white-tailed deer, or one of a hundred other animals.

The contest is open to students in grades 1 through 12 (including home-schooled children), and entries must be submitted by November 5, 2012.

So that especially young artists aren't going up against experienced high school students, contest entries are divided into one of four categories based on school grade. Category I includes grades 1 through 3. Category II is for grades 4 through 6. Category III covers grades 7 through 9, and Category IV includes grades 10 through 12.

Cash prizes are awarded to the winners of each grade category, with $750, $500 and $250 going to each first, second and third place winner respectively. A $1000 prize is awarded for the entry deemed Best In Show.

Artwork will be accepted of any North American game bird or animal that may be legally hunted or trapped. Endangered species and non-game animals (e.g. eagles and snakes) are not eligible subjects.

Check out our list of North American game animals and birds or call (703) 267-1531 or email to confirm whether a certain animal or bird is eligible.

Contestants are limited to one entry each. Entries may be in a medium of the artist's choice (oil, water color, pastels, pencil, pen and ink, charcoal, etc.). Submissions should be on good quality bond or drawing paper, or illustration board. Preferred sizes for the image are 8½"x11" or 11"x14"; matting is optional. Entries should not be framed. Composition must be original. Photographs may be used for reference, but artwork determined to have been traced or copied from an existing photograph or work of art will be disqualified.

Your entry must arrive at NRA by November 5, 2012, and must be accompanied by an entry form OR a brief statement signed by parent, guardian, or teacher attesting to the originality of the work and verifying the artist’s grade level as of November 5, 2012.

Artists' name, age, home address, phone number, and grade must be printed on the back of the entry or on a note attached to the back of the entry. Entries will be judged on effort, creativity, anatomical accuracy, and composition.

Send entries to:

George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest
11250 Waples Mill Road
Fairfax, VA 22030

Entries will be returned by January 2013 only if accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. NRA assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged artwork, and reserves all rights to reproduce entries. And sorry, but immediate families of NRA staff members are not eligible to enter.

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