By Kyle Jillson | March 26 2013 09:37

The next George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest awakens with spring

Mountain lion painting in the NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest by Cupertino, California's Jessica Cho

Fairfax, Viginia - This past fall the George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest saw a lot of talented artists submit stunning works of art. With $7,000 in prizes on the line, you could see that a great amount of effort went into each entry.

Many students spent months working on their pieces, making sure they were just right. Artists like Jessica Cho from Cupertino, California.

A fourth grader at Eaton Elementary School, Cho sent us this beautiful painting titled Mountain Lion's Pride. The level of detail displayed is very impressive for the nine year old. From the deep yellow feline eyes to the matted fur on its chest and the foliage in the foreground, Cho demonstrates good understanding of texture and depth.

She may not have received an award from our judges, as Category II was loaded with great entries, but it is still noteworthy.

Now that the warmer weather of spring is arriving, the 2013 Youth Wildlife Art Contest is about to begin. The deadline to get your entries in still isn't until late fall, but it isn't too early to start thinking about your entry. Even if you don't put anything to paper yet, simply day dreaming about which animal you'll choose and what the entry will look like is a start in the right direction.

Don't forget that the contest accepts art in any medium. Which will you choose? Pencil, paint, charcoal, pastel, there are so many options.

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

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