By Kyle Jillson | March 11 2014 14:45

High school artists receive Honorable Mentions in Youth Wildlife Art Contest

2013 NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest Honorable Mention recipient Shelby Bernard

Fairfax, Virginia - And now for the Honorable Mentions from the top category of the George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest - Category IV. Comprised of students in grades ten through twelve, this category features some of the most talented young wildlife artists in the United States. As with Category III, our judges have a very tough time narrowing the entries down to determine Honorable Mentions, let alone elevate three to become winners. These entries may not have placed, but they are still recognized for their excellent appeal to the contest's judging pillars of effort, creativity, anatomical accuracy, and composition.

Above is a vibrant pastel drawing of a pheasant by Shelby Bernard, a tenth grader out of Brentwood, New Hampshire.

2013 NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest Honorable Mention recipient Belinda Yan

Belinda Yan, a tenth grader from San Jose, California, put her colored pencil skills to use in drawing this photogenic wolf.

2013 NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest Honorable Mention recipient Paige Rajnus

Twelfth grader Paige Rajnus earned an Honorable Mention with this drawing of a beautiful bounding deer. Hailing from Malin, Oregon, Paige is another one of our contest veterans, winning of Second Place Category IV in 2012.

2013 NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest Honorable Mention recipient Anne Carlstein

This detailed pencil drawing of a squirrel was submitted by tenth grader Anne Carlstein of Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

2013 NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest Honorable Mention recipient Emily Shirley

Finally, tenth grader Emily Shirley of Keller, Texas, painted this excellent scene of a hungry fox looking for dinner beneath the water.

That's it for the 2013 George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest. Congratulations to all of our winners and Honorable Mention recipients. And we would like to thank all the artists who submitted entries as well as the art teachers who helped spread the word about our great contest.

The contest starts back up in just a couple months as we begin preparing to receive a plethora of new entries for fall's 2014 Youth Wildlife Art Contest.

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