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State and International Winners Selected in
4/30/2012
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Wildlife Forever Press Release
BROOKLYN CENTER, MN - Wildlife Forever is proud to announce the winners of the 2012 State-Fish Art Contest powered by GenOn. A distinguished panel of fish artists and honorary judges selected 142 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.

Each state's winner will have the opportunity to join talented young artists from across the country at the 14th Annual State-Fish Art EXPO June 15th and16th at the Witt Stephens Jr. Central Arkansas Nature Center in Little Rock, Arkansas. All winning artwork will be on display and an awards ceremony at the Clinton Presidential Center will recognize the winners before the crowd. Each winning artist, attending the EXPO, will receive great prizes, art supplies, goodie bags, and fishing supplies 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 the state and international 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 and on the Contest Fan page: www.facebook.com/StateFishArtContest. Online voting will begin on Friday, May 11th and conclude on Sunday, June 10th with additional votes collected in person at the State-Fish Art EXPO. Over 71,000 votes were cast in the 2011 contest!

One outstanding piece of artwork will win the “Art of Conservation" Stamp Award and be reproduced as the 2012 State-Fish Art Conservation Stamp. Proceeds from the stamp will be used to fund the Contest and children's outdoor education.

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!


Brand new this year is the inclusion of an aquatic invasive species in the Silent Invader Category. The annual winner will be the year’s “Invader Crusader.”

For the first time, the essays accompanying each piece of art will be judged and one essay in each grade category will receive the new Fish Make You Smarter Award. The U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service helped judged the competition and will be on hand to award the trophies for excellence.

Judges for this year's competition included: Trisha Blake – President of Marketing, FLW Outdoors, Rick Dow – North American Membership Group, Ted C. Hansen – Artist/Educator , Dave Schad – Deputy Commissioner, Minnesota DNR, and Todd Turner – Midwest ARD for Fisheries, U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

Wildlife Forever's 14th annual State-Fish Art Contest was made possible by support from: GenOn, North American Fishing Club, Rapala, Blick Art Materials, Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff, U.S. Forest Service, U.S Fish & Wildlife Service and the Arkansas Game & Fish Commission.

About the State-Fish Art Contest
The Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art Contest is entering its 14th 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 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.

About Wildlife Forever
Located in Brooklyn Center, MN, Wildlife Forever is a non-profit all species conservation organization dedicated to conserving America’s wildlife heritage. Working at the grassroots level, Wildlife Forever has funded conservation projects in all 50 states, committing millions of dollars to “on the ground” and “in the water” efforts. Wildlife Forever supports habitat restoration and enhancement, land acquisition, research, and management of fish and wildlife populations. Learn more at: www.WildlifeForever.org.

Wildlife Forever’s mission is to conserve America's wildlife heritage through conservation education, preservation of habitat and management of fish and wildlife. As the nonprofit conservation arm of the North American Hunting Club and North American Fishing Club, Wildlife Forever represents the conservation interests of 1.3 million members.

Digital copies of artwork and individual state releases are available upon request.