Armadillo, Raccoon and Mountain Lion take top honors in 2013 Youth Wildlife Art Contest's youngest category
Fairfax, Virginia - This year's George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest saw more than 600 entries from extremely talented young artists all throughout the United States. After careful consideration, our panel of judges selected the winners and honorable mentions for each of the contest's four age-based categories. We can't wait to share the amazing winning pieces with you this year, so without further ado, we present the top Category I entries.
Category I is comprised of students in grades one through three. These entrants are so young that they have only recently begun to develop their art skills, but you can hardly tell.
This year's first place winner is third grader Jerry Yuan of Fremont, California, who entered this colored pencil drawing of an armadillo titled Looking Out. Jerry will receive $750 for his first place finish.
Category I's second place winner and recipient of a $500 prize is third grader Ally Wang of Canton, Michigan. Ally drew a lifelike raccoon in colored pencil titled Raccoon of the Forest.
This year's third place winner is Alisa Jia, a third grader from Chandler, Arizona, who will receive $250 for this great colored pencil drawing of a mountain lion titled Roaring. Although she is very young, Alisa has found success with her art in the past, winning first place in Category I in last year's Youth Wildlife Art Contest.
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 the 2013 George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest.