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Fish Art Contest Promotes Conservation

Fish Art Contest

The Fish Art Contest sparks the imagination and provides valuable lessons about fish and the importance of conserving Texas' aquatic resources. Art, science, and creative writing foster a connection to the outdoors and inspire the next generation of stewards.
The contest is open to all youth in grades K-12.

To Enter

  1. Submit a completed entry form and an original illustration of a wild fish found in Texas. Participants in grades 4-12 must also submit a one-page creative writing piece.
  2. After you submit your entry form, mail your artwork to Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center, 5550 FM 2495 Athens, Texas 75752. Physical artwork must be between 8X10” and 9X12” and postmarked by February 28, 2024.

This program is part of Wildlife Forever’s national contest. Texas state winners will be automatically entered into the national contest.

Please note that Texas students may choose to enter national specialty awards with fish not found in Texas however, because of the one-entry per student limit, they will not be eligible for Texas state awards.

The contest deadline is February 28, 2024.

Texas Entry Form Link

View Special Award Lists and Teacher Resources

See 2023 Winners

For Librarians

Liven up your spaces with these Texas Fish Art Contest book stack graphics! Libraries are a great resource for students to dive into our natural resources. In the Texas Fish Art Contest, creativity sparks conservation while students make connections to our natural resources through art, science, and creative writing. Add relative call numbers to these posters to direct students where to begin their journey in your library and watch sparks fly.

The Fish Art Contest is sponsored by Wildlife Forever, Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Rapala, U.S. Forest Service, Bass Pro Shops, Wonders of Wildlife, Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, National Fish Habitat Partnership, and Western Native Trout Initiative

View and print this participation certificate (PDF).

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