Honorable mentions from the NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest's oldest contestants: tenth through twelfth graders
Fairfax, Virginia - This is it, the last of the honorable mentions from this year's George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest. As with our winning entries, we saved the best for last and now present our Category IV entries.
Just like all of our other honorable mentions, these entries came oh so close to receiving winning marks by our judges but, despite falling short, they are still recognized by our judges as being exceptional.
Above is the ulta-photographic A Curious Bobcat by Gina Huang. A highly decorated contest veteran, this eleventh grader from Johns Creek, Georgia has previously won 3rd in Category IV in 2011, 1st in Category III in 2010 and 2nd in Category III in 2009. With one year left of eligibility, we're excited to see what Gina submits in 2013.
Rachen Ahn, a tenth grader from Boyds, Maryland submitted this untitled work of a big horn sheep that really impressed our judges.
From Palo Alto, California we have honorable mention recipient Jessica Sheng, a tenth grader who submitted Spirit of the Forest.
Here's another ferocious bear honorable mention, this time Grizzly Bear courtesy of Andy Mize, a senior out of Fairmouth, Kentucky.
Junior Noah Bounds from Shreveport, Louisiana wow'd our judges with his stunning oil painting of a pheasant titled Signs of Autumn. Noah is also a Youth Wildlife Art Contest veteran, winning 2nd in Category IV in 2011.
Local entrant Maria McDonnell from Spotsylvania, Virginia received an honorable mention for her sketch Deer.
Ready for the Kill is Tyler Bay's drawing of a cougar with a piercing gaze. This high school senior from Elyin, Oklahoma took home a honorable mention in his final year of eligibility.
One of the most unique entries we've ever seen at the Youth Wildlife Art Contest came to us from Paul Adelgren of Monument, Colorado. Painted on actual turkey feathers, Paul's piece Bear Necessity depicts a mother bear and her cub walking through the snow. Our judges loved Paul's creativity with his canvas and are no strangers to being impressed with his work. Paul has previously received honorable mention in Category III in 2009, 3rd in Category IV in 2010 and 1st in Category IV in 2011.
Category I winners
Category II winners
Category III winners
Category IV winners
Best In Show
Category I honorable mentions
Category II honorable mentions
Category III honorable mentions