The National Rifle Association is now accepting entries for the 2012 George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest. Running annually since 1987, the contest is open to students in grades 1 through 12, including home-schooled children. NRA membership is not required. The deadline to enter is November 5, 2012.

Contest entries are placed into one of four categories based on the artist’s school grade. Category I encompasses grades 1 through 3; Category II, grades 4 through 6; Category III, grades 7 through 9; Category IV, grades 10 through 12.

Winners of each category will receive a prize of $750. Second-place finishers receive $500 and third-place receives $250. The recipient of the Best in Show award, spanning all categories, is awarded a $1,000 prize.

Entries may portray any North American game bird or animal that may be legally hunted or trapped. Endangered species and non-game animals, such as eagles and snakes, are not eligible. Contestants may call (703) 267-1588 or email artcontest@nrahq.org to confirm whether a certain animal or bird is eligible, or view a complete list at http://www.nrahq.org/youth/wildlife.asp.

Contestants are limited to one entry each. Entries may be in a medium of the artist’s choice (oil, water color, pastels, pencil, pen and ink, charcoal, etc.). Submissions should be on good quality bond or drawing paper, or illustration board. Preferred sizes for the image are 8-1/2” x 11” or 11” x 14”; matting is optional. Entries should not be framed. Composition must be original. Photographs may be used for reference, but artwork determined to have been traced or copied from an existing photograph or work of art will be disqualified.

Entries must arrive at NRA by November 5, 2012, and must be accompanied by either a submission form, available on the contest webpage at http://www.nrahq.org/youth/entryform.pdf, or a brief statement signed by the student’s parent, guardian, or teacher attesting to the originality of the work and verifying the artist’s grade level as of November 5, 2012. The artist’s name, age, home address, phone number, and grade must be printed on the back of the entry or on a note attached to the back of the entry. Entries will be judged on effort, creativity, anatomical accuracy and composition.

Entries should be sent to: George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest, 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030. Entries will be returned by January 2013 only if accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope. NRA assumes no responsibility for lost or damaged artwork, and reserves all rights to reproduce entries. The immediate families of NRA staff members are not eligible to enter. Questions regarding the contest may be directed to (703) 267-1588 or artcontest@nrahq.org

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Image courtesy of Kyle Jillson, NRA

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