By Kyle Jillson | August 19 2014 13:30

Calling all young artists! Test your artistic skills and compete for $7,000 in cash this fall

2013 NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest Honorable Mention recipient Ashley Park

Fairfax, Virginia - With summer break winding to a close and a new year of school beginning for much of America, it's important to remember that school is not all reading, writing, and arithmetic. If you're an aspiring artist and would like to practice your techniques, build your portfolio, or just earn a little spending money, the George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest is for you. We're giving away $7,000 in cash prizes to talented artists in grades one to twelve.

Interested? Artwork may be of any North American game bird or game animal that can be legally hunted or trapped in the United States or Canada. You can use any 2D medium you choose, so break out the pens, pencils, charcoal, pastels, paint, or whatever you like. The composition of your entry must be original, but photos can be used for reference.

When is the deadline? November 3. Make sure your entries are postmarked by then.

And to make sure a senior in high school isn't competing against a first grader, entries are divided into categories to make the competition more balanced.

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 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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