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State and International Winners Selected in 2013 State-Fish Art Contest
5/2/2013
Credit:
Wildlife Forever news release
BROOKLYN CENTER, MN - Wildlife Forever is proud to announce the
winners of the 2013 State-Fish Art Contest supported by NRG. A
distinguished panel of fish artists and honorary judges selected 141
winners from a field of thousands to be "the best of the best" in
their state and grade category and for the international entries in
each grade category.

"Wildlife Forever is pleased to honor the talented young artists,
educators and parents who make the State-Fish Art Contest such a
successful program," said Douglas H. Grann, President & CEO of
Wildlife Forever. "Together, we are using art to empower a new
generation of conservationists. By sharing their fish art with
family, friends and the general public, our young people are becoming
ambassadors for good stewardship of our aquatic resources."

All winning entries can be seen at: www.statefishart.org -
http://cts.vresp.com/c/?WildlifeForever/8caef3cd89/0a2aa85ac3/e5e4bdbfb1 .

Each state's winner will have the opportunity to join talented young
artists from across the country at the 15th Annual State-Fish Art
EXPO July 12 and 13 at the Go Fish Education Center -
http://cts.vresp.com/c/?WildlifeForever/8caef3cd89/0a2aa85ac3/ca12104f97
in Perry, Georgia. All winning artwork will be on display and an
awards ceremony, at the Perry Arts Center -
http://cts.vresp.com/c/?WildlifeForever/8caef3cd89/0a2aa85ac3/f4508fbbc9 ,
will recognize the winners before the crowd. Each winning artist,
attending the EXPO, will receive an award, great prizes, art
supplies, goodie bags, and a fishing rod & reel from Rapala.

The "Top 12" National Awards will be announced at the State-Fish Art
EXPO honoring the top three pieces of artwork in each grade category
selected from all the states, Ontario and international first place
winners.

An overall "Best of Show" winner will be announced to receive the
"Seth Thomas Spradlin Best of Show Award" given in honor of the 2008
winner who lost his life in an Alaska bush plane accident in August
of 2010.

The People's Choice Award will be determined by a world-wide public
online vote through links on the State-Fish Art website
www.StateFishArt.org -
http://cts.vresp.com/c/?WildlifeForever/8caef3cd89/0a2aa85ac3/ce2a474ee7
and on the Contest Fan page: www.facebook.com/StateFishArtContest -
http://cts.vresp.com/c/?WildlifeForever/8caef3cd89/0a2aa85ac3/62369b8747 .
Online voting will begin on Friday, May 17th and conclude on
Friday, June 28th with additional votes collected in person at the
State-Fish Art EXPO. Over 54,000 views and votes were cast in the
2012 contest!

One outstanding piece of artwork will win the "Art of Conservation"
Stamp Award and be reproduced as the 2013 Wildlife Forever State-Fish
Art Conservation Stamp. Proceeds from the stamp will be used to fund
the Contest.

The "Smile Award", will be given to a piece of art, selected from all
the entries, that just "makes you smile and feel good inside" ... how
cool is that!

This year's "Invader Crusader" will be chosen from the entries in the
Silent Invader Category. The art and essay include both a state-fish
and an invasive species.

For the second year, the essays accompanying each piece of art will
be judged and 1st, 2nd and 3rd place essays in each grade category
will receive the new national Fish Make You Smarter Award. The U.S.
Fish & Wildlife Service judged the Grade 10-12 Category and will be
on hand to award the trophies for excellence.

Judges for this year's art competition included: Kate DiLeo - she
envisioned the contest 15 years ago, Nick Schmal, Ph.D. - Fisheries
Program Leader Eastern Region, US Forest Service, Shawn Bjonfald -
North American Membership Group Fisherman Magazine, Jeffrey Pridie -
Past President, Art Educators of Minnesota and William Kobe - artist
and educator. Steve Pennaz, President of EverFire Group, served as
Alternate Judge.

Judges for the essay competition included: Caroline Lehman - writer,
Teri Heyer - USDA Urban Connections, Craig Springer - USFWS, Editor
Eddies, Denise Wagner - USFWS Aquatic Conservation Program and Karen
Hollingsworth - Manager, State-Fish Art Program.

Wildlife Forever's 15th annual State-Fish Art Contest and EXPO is
made possible by support from NRG -
http://cts.vresp.com/c/?WildlifeForever/8caef3cd89/0a2aa85ac3/1ef33aa68a ,
as Title Sponsor, North American Fishing Club, U.S. Forest Service,
Rapala, Blick Art Materials, Cheap Joe's Art Stuff, U.S Fish &
Wildlife Service Fisheries and the Georgia Department of Natural
Resources.

About the State-Fish Art Contest

The Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art Contest is celebrating its 15th
year of bringing children, art and aquatic conservation together. To
enter, young artists create an original illustration of any official
state-fish and a written essay detailing its behavior, 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
FREE full-color State-Fish Art Lesson Plan, combining the disciplines
of science and art. It is available on CD, at no charge, and for
download at www.StateFishArt.info. Entries are due by March 31st
each year. Learn more at www.StateFishArt.org.