By Kyle Jillson | October 27 2012 09:45

Blue-eyed cougar joins NRA art contest's toughest category

Cougar entry by Oregon student to the George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest

Fairfax, Virginia - While the envelopes are piling up here at NRA headquarters, many students are still hard at work on their entries for this year's George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest. The deadline for a chance at the $7,000 in prizes is now just one week away.

Highlighting another entry fresh off the top of yesterday's deliveries, we have Paige Rajnus' stalking cougar. Entitled Snow Queen, this beautiful watercolor painting came all the way from Malin, Oregon. And "snow queen" is right. This cougar looks every bit the part, staring at you in a way that's only comfortable on paper.

A junior in high school, Paige entry is in Category IV with the likes of Alysha Gaskill's Dall sheep and David Zhang's black bears. Will Paige, Alysha or David's artwork be back up on NRAblog when the winners and honorable mentions start getting announced next month? That's up to our judges, who will look over this year's in just a couple weeks' time.

The deadline for this year's George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest is November, 5. Make sure your entry is postmarked by that date. You still have two weekends to work on - or even start - you entry, so there's a little time left, but not much.

Any student in 1st through 12th grade is eligible to enter. You can draw, paint, etch, use charcoal, or any other medium you want. We just ask that you make sure the animal depicted is legal to hunt or trap in North America. Send your entries to NRA headquarters (11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, Virginia 22030) in order to be eligible for judging.

After the contest we'll start returning entries and plan to have everything sent back 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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