By Kyle Jillson | November 9 2012 08:37

Get ready to see some amazing artwork in the coming weeks

2011 George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest Best In Show winner Ingrid Cai

Fairfax, Virginia - It's finally here. The deadline for the 2012 George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest has arrived. Lots of hard work is about to pay off for a few talented artists - literally. This year the art contest is awarding $7,000 in prize money thanks to the generous endowment from the George Montgomery Foundation.

As you can expect, a great deal of artwork has piled up at our doorstep in the past couple days and we're racing to process it all so that our judges can start looking over this year's entries.

The artwork just keeps getting better and better each year. There are quite a few students out there who wield great artistic ability. To your left is last year's Best In Show winner, submitted by Ingrid Cai of Johns Creek, Georgia. Cai has entered the contest again this year and we dare say she's gotten even better. Will she take it all home again this year, or will a new overall winner be crowned?

So that aspiring young artists aren't going up against Cai and all the other talented high school students, our contest breaks down into four categories based on grade: Category I for 1st through 3rd graders; Category II for 4th through 6th graders; Category III for 7th through 9th graders; and Category IV for 10th through 12th graders.

Winners and honorable mentions are selected from each category and we'll be posting hi-res images of them right here on NRAblog in the coming weeks.

With all these talented artists and prizes that are nothing to shake a stick at, this year's contest should be pretty exciting, right? We all think so.

If you're just learning about the George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest right now, we're sorry you can't get in on the action this year. But, of course, there's always next year. Visit the official contest website here and familiarize yourself with the rules so that you're all ready to enter in 2013.

After the contest we'll only be returning entries that provided pre-paid return envelopes. If you've entered the contest, didn't do this, and would like your entry back, go ahead and mail one to us. We'll match it up with your entry and make sure it gets back to you this winter.

Good luck to all of our entrants. We know not all of you can win, but that each of you put a great amount of time into making your entries. And we appreciate that.

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