By Kyle Jillson | December 31 2013 12:30

Seventh, eighth, and ninth grade artists compete for top place in Youth Wildlife Art Contest's third category

2013 George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest Category III First Place recipient Anna Chen

Fairfax, Virginia - The third of four categories in our George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest is comprised of seventh through ninth graders, encompassing middle school students and making a foothold among the highly skilled and competitive high school artists.

But Category III is no slouch. The contest's panel of judges had an incredibly difficult time even narrowing the pool down to choose winners and honorable mentions; entries were that good. But, like all other categories, our judges eventually selected their favorites and awarded a seventh, eighth, and ninth grader first, second, and third respectively.

Above is First Place winner Anna Chen's painting, The Spirit of the Wolf. A seventh grader from the NRA's backyard in Germantown, Maryland, Anna's wolf was praised by our judges for being extraordinarily lifelike. Like all other first place winners, Anna received a check for $750 for her outstanding work.

2013 George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest Category III Second Place recipient Liam Jeanette

Category III's Second Place winner is Liam Jeanette of Wheaton, Illinois. The eighth grader's extremely detailed portrait of a bear, titled Bear, wowed our judges, who took a particular liking to the ice stuck to the bear's snout. For his efforts, Liam won a $500 prize.

2013 George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest Category III Third Place recipient Kelly Wang

Kelly Wang, the Third Place recipient in Category III, is another contest veteran, receiving Honorable Mentions in Category III 2011 and 2012 before finally breaking into the top three this year. Her piece, titled The Ravenous Wolf, also floored our judges for its lifelike quality and sense of motion. Look at the drawing too long and you'll expect the wolf to walk right through it. The ninth grader from Johns Creek, Georgia received $250 for her excellent work.

Thanks again to this year's winners and of course everyone who participated in the contest. This was the contest's 26th year and we look forward to receiving more great art in the future. Keep checking back on NRAblog for the last category and all of our honorable mentions. There's plenty of amazing art left to admire.

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