By Kyle Jillson | November 1 2012 08:34

In wake of Hurricane Sandy, students have a few more days to get entries in

A Pheasant Strolling on a Hill by Catherine Chen, Fremont, California

Fairfax, Virginia - Since Hurricane Sandy hit the East Coast earlier this week, we've been getting lots of calls and emails from people asking whether the George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest's deadline has been pushed back or if it's been canceled all together. Fair questions considering how damaged some areas were after the hurricane passed.

While NRA headquarters is safe and sound, many students wanting to enter may have difficulty finishing their entries or getting them delivered by November 5. That's why we're giving everyone a couple extra days and are moving the deadline to November 9.

This gives everyone a couple more days to work on their entries, or even create one if they previously thought there wasn't enough time. With $7,000 in prizes being awarded across the different age categories, you definitely want to get in on the action.

Any student in grades 1 through 12 (including home-schooled children) is eligible to enter.

As for the age categories, we've broken the contest up into four divisions so that an artist in elementary school isn't competing against high schoolers: Category I includes grades 1 through 3; Category II is for grades 4 through 6; Category III covers grades 7 through 9; Category IV includes grades 10 through 12.

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 artcontest@nrahq.org 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.

Entries 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.

When our judges go over the entries, they'll be judged on effort, creativity, anatomical accuracy, and composition.

Like before, all entries should be sent 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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