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Bass are the Best at the EXPO!

Wildlife Forever
The Seth Thomas Spradlin Best of Show Award is the top honor given to one piece of art selected by a panel of judges from all winning entries as the "best of the best". Ian's stunning watercolor of a largemouth bass is titled "The Awareness".

amanda EXPO
"We are proud to support Wildlife Forever's State-Fish Art Program" remarked Amanda Masters from Bass Pro Shops. "This special prorgram connects children to the outdoors and promotes their creativity helping them to learn and grow."

The 20th Anniversary State-Fish Art EXPO was held during the Forrest Wood CUP World Championship of Bass Fishing August 10 -12 in Hot Springs, Arkansas. The announcement of the Best of Show Award is the culmination of the 2018 Contest. For twenty years top artists have learned about conservation and been recognized on a national stage for their high-quality rendition of fish. To see the past honorees go to:

Bass Pro Shops is proud to continue its support of the State-Fish Art contest and will return as title sponsor in 2019. Wonders of Wildlife National Museum and Aquarium, recently voted America's Best New Attraction and America's Best Aquarium, will host the Missouri State-Fish Art event in Springfield. According to Misty Mitchell, Director of Conservation Programs, "we are excited to bring the contest to the schools of Missouri. As host of the Missouri SFA Contest entries will be assembled and judged locally. The winners are then advanced to Wildlife Forever's national judgimg competition. All entries are due by March 31st!

About the State-Fish Art Contest

The award-winning Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art® Contest is entering its 21st year of bringing children, art and aquatic conservation together! To enter, young artists create an original illustration of any official state-fish and written words 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 full-color State-Fish Art Lesson Plan, integrating the disciplines of science and art. It is available on CD, at no charge, and for download. Entries are due postmarked by March 31st each year. For all the 2019 details and to view all the 2018 winning images visit

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."