By Kyle Jillson | November 29 2012 14:44

Winners from Category II in the 2012 Youth Wildlife Art Contest

Hannah Chen, a sixth grader from Thorofare, New Jersey, took first place in 2012 George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest's Category II

Fairfax, Virginia - Moving up a rung in the 2012 George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest, here are the winners from Category II. Finishing out elementary school, Category II is for competition among students in grades four through six.

We had a lot of great entries from Cagerory II this year and it was very tough for our judges to come to a decision on first, second and third. Eventually they narrowed it down and selected two sixth graders and a fourth grader to take the prizes.

First place, displayed above, went to Hannah Chen of Thorofare, New Jersey. Opting for one of the smallest members from our list of eligible animals, this sixth grader's piece depicts a mouse scurrying about on the forest floor.

Titled Seeking Shelter, Hannah received the $750 first place prize for her excellent work of art.

Anna Chen, a sixth grader from Germantown, Maryland, took second place in 2012 George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest's Category II

In second we have an artist right near NRA headquarters in the greater Washington, D.C. area. Sixth grader Anna Chen from Germantown, Maryland painted a great portrait of a lynx, titled Lynx, standing in some forest foliage. For taking second place, Anna won $500 - congratulations.

Nancy Shao, a fourth grader from Sugar Land, Texas, took third place in 2012 George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest's Category II

Our third place winner was Nancy Shao from Sugar Land, Texas. A fourth grader with amazing colored pencil skills, Nancy drew a very lifelike squirrel standing on a stump titled Fall. She will receive a $250 check for her accomplishment.

Thanks again to this year's winners and of course everyone who participated in the contest. This was our 25th year doing the Youth Wildlife Art Contest and we look forward to 25 more years. Keep checking back on NRAblog for the last two categories and all of our honorable mentions. There's plenty of amazing art left to ogle.

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