By Kyle Jillson | February 25 2014 16:00

Small critters and big creatures abound in Youth Wildlife Art Contest's elementary school Honorable Mentions

2013 NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest Honorable Mention recipient YiYun Li

Fairfax, Virginia - After covering the winning entries from last fall's 1st through 12th grade George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest, we've begun sharing the other entries that caught our judges' eyes - the honorable mentions. Moving on to Category II, these honorable mentions come from our 4th through 6th grade entrants. Although only three entries from each category can place, these hand-picked pieces still ranked impressive in the contest's effort, creativity, anatomical accuracy, and composition criteria.

Without further ado and in no particular order, here are the honorable mentions from Category II.

Above is fifth grader YiYun Li's impressive drawing of a pair of big horn sheep, coming to us from Sugar Land, Texas.

2013 NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest Honorable Mention recipient Nancy Shao

Nancy Shao, another fifth grader from Sugar Land, Texas, made great use of color in this this drawing of a duck and duckling.

2013 NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest Honorable Mention recipient Michelle Kien

From Rockville, Maryland, fifth grader Michelle Kien sent us this wonderful pencil drawing of a chachalaca displaying its tail feathers.

2013 NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest Honorable Mention recipient Jordan Irby

The Irby family of Midlothian, Texas, are familiar faces in the Youth Wildlife Art Contest. Fourth grader Jordan received Honorable Mention last fall for this great watercolor of a deer.

2013 NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest Honorable Mention recipient Grace Yan

Sixth grader Grace Yan of Belle Mead, New Jersey showed off her colored pencil skills with this stalking mountain lion.

2013 NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest Honorable Mention recipient Emily Liu

Emily Liu, a sixth grader from Freemont, California, got her Honorable Mention for this drawing of two curious raccoon.

2013 NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest Honorable Mention recipient Catherine Zheng

Freemont, California, fourth grader Catherine Zheng drew a pair of bright pheasants that caught our judges' attentions.

2013 NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest Honorable Mention recipient Cassie Wang

This entry of a fox pausing in the frozen winter comes from fourth grader Cassie Wang of West Windsor, New Jersey.

2013 NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest Honorable Mention recipient Ann Zhao

Another Freemont, California, native, sixth grader Ann Zhao, sent us this drawing of a pair of bears fishing in a roaring river.

2013 NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest Honorable Mention recipient Angelina Drost

Angelina Drost, a talented fourth grader from Kingstree, South Carolina, painted a tom turkey that anyone would be proud to bring home.

2013 NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest Honorable Mention recipient Albert Wang

Finally, Weston, Florida fourth grader Albert Wang drew an excellent Sandhill Crane in crayon.

Congratulations to our Category II Honorable Mentions, as well as our contest winners and all of the aspiring artists who entered last year's contest. We have two more categories of beautiful art left!

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