By Kyle Jillson | December 31 2012 08:12

More breathtaking art from some of the country's top first through twelfth grade artists

Artwork from the 2012 George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest

For 25 years the George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest has come around every fall, seeing entries by students who have spent months to get things just right. The panel of judges that preside over the contest have a tough job selecting each category's winners and are routinely impressed by the artwork they see.

I've had the pleasure of helping run this contest since 2008 and, like our veteran judges, can say that each new year is better than the last. Sure it's hectic receiving hundreds of entries just prior to the deadline, but it really becomes worth it once all artwork has been catalogued, displayed and you get to see the judges final selections.

Jaeha Woo of Alpharetta, Georgia is the 2012 George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest Best in Show winner

If you've been following our announcements of this year's winners, you've no doubt been floored by the artistic skill of such young kids. This isn't better exemplified than in the drawing by Jaeha Woo that received Best In Show. Done in pencil, just one look at the drawing tells you Jaeha poured hours upon hours of time into creating this piece. The doe looks so real you'd that at a quick glance you'd think you were looking at a photograph.

With $7,000 in prizes given out each year, there's a big payoff for the time spent with pencils, paintbrushes, or pastels. Some of these students will have a bright future in art and we're proud to be a part of their journey to the professional world.

Take a full look at this year's George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest's top entries.

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