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Fish Art Contest Season Opens

Wildlife Forever and Title Sponsor Bass Pro Shops and the Johnny Morris Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium, is proud to announce that the 2021 Fish Art Contest is officially open and accepting entries. This free international art and writing competition is a perfect way to inspire learners in kindergarten through 12th grade to discover the outdoors.

Young people across the world have the opportunity to highlight their artistic talents while learning about fish, fishing and aquatic conservation. Participants can win prizes and recognition in their state and internationally.  The Art of Conservation® ignites a life-long appreciation of fish and fishing.  Visit for more details.

“The State-Fish Art program has the power to connect youth to the outdoors through the arts. This contest empowers outdoor learning and the exploration of our natural resources, creating the next generation of stewards.” explained Bob Ziehmer, Senior Director of Conservation Programs at Bass Pro Shops.

To enter, participants select a species from the Official Fish List and create an original illustration and. A personal one-page written essay, story or poem based on habitat and conservation needs is also required and awarded for those in 4th to 12th grade. Contestants are honored in four grade categories, K-3rd, 4th-6th, 7th-9th and 10th-12th. Judging will be held in April and winners announced in May.

The 2021 contest also has many Specialty Award Categories and opportunities for additional prizes and recognition such as the Fish Habitat Award, Western Native Trout Award, and Guy Harvey Award.  Visit for full details on how to participate.

Julia Luger, Education and Communication Director of Wildlife Forever said “The Fish Art contest is a wonderful opportunity to incorporate science, art, and conservation education into the home or classroom. The contest deadline is March 31st, start your entry today!”

About the State-Fish Art Contest: The award-winning Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art® Contest, with support from Title Sponsor Bass Pro Shops, the USDA Forest Service, Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, and National Fish Habitat Partnership; brings children, art and aquatic conservation together! To enter, young artists create an original illustration of any fish from the Official Fish list and written words detailing its habitat, and efforts to conserve it. Entries are categorized in four grade levels: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. Educators nationwide utilize Fish On!, the full-color State-Fish Art Lesson Plan, integrating the disciplines of science and art. Entries are due postmarked or emailed by March 31st each year.

About Wildlife Forever: Our mission is to conserve America’s wildlife heritage through conservation education, preservation of habitat and management of fish and wildlife. Wildlife Forever is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to investing resources on the ground. Recent audits reveal that 94% of every dollar supports our award-winning conservation programs. Please, Join Today and learn more about the State-Fish Art Contest®, Clean Drain Dry Initiative™ and Prairie City USA® at

About Bass Pro Shops®: Bass Pro Shops is North America’s premier outdoor and conservation company.  Founded in 1972 when avid young angler Johnny Morris began selling tackle out of his father’s liquor store in Springfield, Missouri, today the company provides customers with unmatched offerings spanning premier destination retail, outdoor equipment manufacturing, world-class resort destinations and more. In 2017 Bass Pro Shops acquired Cabela’s to create a “best-of-the-best” experience with superior products, dynamic locations and outstanding customer service. Bass Pro Shops also operates White River Marine Group, offering an unsurpassed collection of industry-leading boat brands, and Big Cedar Lodge, America’s Premier Wilderness Resort. Under the visionary conservation leadership of Johnny Morris, Bass Pro Shops is a national leader in protecting habitat and introducing families to the outdoors and has been named by Forbes as “one of America’s Best Employers.”