Who among this year's first, second and third graders placed in the Youth Wildlife Art Contest's youngest category?
Fairfax, Virginia - The results are in for the 2012 George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest and we have some great pieces of art to show you.
First up are the winners from Category I, reserved for students in grades one through three. These entrants are so young you can barely call them artists, but their skills suggest otherwise.
Coming in first place this year is Alisa Jia, a second grader from Chandler, Arizona, who used colored pencils to make a red fox that looks especially hungry. Her entry, titled On the Prowl, is featured above.
That first place finish means she'll receive $750 from the NRA.
Above is second place winner Michelle Zhao, a third grader from Fremont, California. Entering a portrait of mountain goats titled Mother and Baby, she left our judges extremely impressed. Michelle has now won second in Category I in consecutive years. Her 2011 entry featured two kissing chupmunks and you can see the progress she's made as an artist in just one year. For her superb colored pencil drawing, Michelle won a second place prize of $500.
Winning third place is third grader Aland Liu, also from Fremont, California. Above you can see his artwork, titled A Peaceful Moment, catching a raccoon mid-meal in a forest. Drawn in colored pencil (like the two other Category I winners this year), Aland's entry was good enough for third place and a $250 prize.
We would like to both congratulate this year's winners and thank everyone who participated in the contest for making it so memorable this year. There are still three more categories of winners and all of the honorable mentions left to announce, so keep checking back to see who came out on top in this year's George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest.