By Kyle Jillson | November 5 2012 08:34

Fourth grader paints vivid entry for NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest

Grizzly bear entry to the NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest by David Starovoytov of California

Fairfax, Virginia - Now that the George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest's deadline has been moved back to November 9 because of Hurricane Sandy, students have a little more time to finish up their work.

For weeks now the the stack of envelopes and boxes has been huge and continues to grow each day. It's clear that each artist put a lot of work into their drawings for a chance to win some of the $7,000 in prizes.

As we've been doing to the past few weeks, here's another freshly delivered entry we'd like to highlight. Coming to us all the way from the sunny California, David Starovoytov has painted a ferocious grizzly bear. Aptly titled The Roaring Grizzly, this piece is hard to miss with its vibrant colors and the bear's sharp teeth.

As impressive as the artwork itself - if not more - is that David is only in the fourth grade. This puts his entry in Category II with the other 4-6 graders. Wow. Whether our judges will have the same reaction when they see David's work, we don't know. It's still a little longer until we hold the judging and begin announcing winners. I'm sure each and every one of them will be jaw dropping.

With the deadline coming up this Friday, time's just about up to enter. But if you're quick, you can still whip something up and get in on the action. Any student in 1st through 12th grade is eligible to competer. Draw, paint, etch, use charcoal, or create a work of art with any other medium you choose. Just make sure your animal is legal to hunt or trap in North America.

Send your entries to NRA headquarters (11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, Virginia 22030).

Want your entry back after the contest is over? Please include a self-addressed stamped return envelope and we'll have it back by January 2013.

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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