Fish Art Contest

Attention K-12 Students: The 2022 Minnesota Fish Art Contest is Open for Entries!

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Are you a Minnesota student who loves to draw fish? Enter the Minnesota Fish Art Contest today for a chance to win great prizes and state and national honors! Submit your entry by March 31, 2022


Minnesota Conservation Volunteer, in partnership with White Bear Lake-based non-profit Wildlife Forever, is hosting this year’s competition, which is free and open to all Minnesota students in grades K-12. 


How to Enter + Contest Details

  1. With an adult, review the Rules & Guidelines for the 2022 Contest.


  2. Select any fish species of your choice. Some species are eligible for special awards! Learn more about the 2022 Specialty Awards.


  3. Use the Fish On! Lesson Plan, books, and reputable online resources to research your fish species. You may choose to print out the Guided Research Form to keep track of your findings.


  4. Create your State-Fish Art Entry consisting of two parts:


    • Part A: Fish Illustration: An original HORIZONTAL illustration between 8.5″- 9″ tall and 11″- 12″ wide in size featuring a species of your choice.


    • Part B: Fish Essay (required for students in grades 4-12): A personally written essay (one side of one page) about your chosen fish species. You may also choose to answer the question, “Why do you think it is important to protect our lakes, rivers, estuaries and coastlines?” Essays are not required for K-3 students.


  5. Choose one of three submission options (see below), then fill out the corresponding Minnesota Entry Form


    • Submission options:


      • Option 1: Online entry form for participants who are mailing in their artwork.


      • Option 2: Online entry form for participants who are digitally submitting their artwork.


      • Option 3: Paper entry form for participants who are mailing in their artwork as well as a physical entry form.


  6. The first 300 entries to the 2022 Minnesota Fish Art Contest will receive a free 1-year subscription to Minnesota Conservation Volunteer.


  7. Contest winners will receive additional prizes. Winners will be announced at the beginning of May 2022.


  8. The 2022 Minnesota Fish Art Contest is not open to the immediate relatives of Wildlife Forever, DNR or third-party sponsor employees.