By Kyle Jillson | October 4 2012 14:47

Simone Woolley's skilled portrait among 2012 art contest entries

Simone Woolley of Southern Pines, North Carolina enters a deer into the George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest

Here's another great entry for this year's George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest. This portrait of a white-tailed deer comes from Simone Woolley of Southern Pines, North Carolina. Simone's 9-point buck was created entirely in pencil and if you look close enough you can see the individual hairs she meticulously drew.

Simone's entry is also matted, which looks nice, but is not necessary for the contest. Our judges look carefully at every piece of art for effort, creativity, anatomical accuracy, and composition. Mattes and frames do not affect an entry's placement, so please do not think you must include one.

Being 13 years old and in the eighth grade, Simone's entry is at the upper end of Category III - reserved for sixth through eighth graders. The deadline to enter is still a month away and we're expecting many more entries, but we wish her the best of luck with our panel of judges.

Are you a young artist or do you know one? The Youth Wildlife Art Contest is open to all 1st through 12th grade students. You can draw, paint, etch, use charcoal, or whatever you like, just make sure you depict an animal that's legal to hunt or trap in North America. Your entry must arrive at NRA Headquarters (11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, Virginia 22030) by the November 5, 2012 deadline in order to be eligible for judging.

Entries will be returned by January 2013 as long as there's a self-addressed stamped return envelope included.

Still have questions about entering? Check out the Youth Wildlife Art Contest website at www.nrahq.org/youth/wildlife.asp or email us at artcontest@nrahq.org.

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