By Kyle Jillson | June 10 2014 15:00

$7,000 in prizes up for grabs in this year's NRA art contest for young artists

2013 George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest Honorable Mention

Fairfax, Virginia - Calling all young artists! Last year's George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest awarded $7,000 in cash prizes to some extremely talented artists in grades 1-12 and we're doing it all again this year.

We are now accepting entries for the 2014 contest. The deadline to get your entires in isn't until November 3, so don't feel like you need to complete your work of art this weekend.

Entered artwork may be of any North American game bird or game animal that is legally hunted or trapped in the United States or Canada, and may be created in any medium you choose. The composition must be original, but photos can be used for reference.

Entries are divided into categories so that younger, less experienced artists are not competing against a senior in high school.

Categories are broken into:

  • Grades 1-3: Category I
  • Grades 4-6: Category II
  • Grades 7-9: Category III
  • Grades 10-12: Category IV

A first, second, and third place winner will be selected in each category with prizes of $750, $500 and $250 respectively. A $1,000 prize will be awarded for the Best In Show, judged across all categories. Entries are judged on effort, creativity, anatomical accuracy and composition.

Contest entry forms can be found and printed out online at http://artcontest.nra.org. And we recommend the artist’s name, age, home address, phone number and grade be printed on the back of the entry or on a note attached to the back of the entry. One entry per artist.

All entries will be returned by February 2, 2015. The NRA is not responsible for lost or damaged entries.

We're really looking forward to this year's contest and all the amazing pieces of art that will come in. This is a great opportunity to work on your artistic skills and maybe even win some cash!

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