Art of Conservation Contest
The ART of Conservation
Wonders of Wildlife is the Missouri host for the Wildlife Forever Art of Conservation Contest
Featuring two signature programs, The Songbird Art Contest™ and Fish Art Contest™, the Art of Conservation® brand celebrates the arts as a cornerstone to conservation. For nearly 25 years, the Fish Art program has taught youth around the world about fish and aquatic conservation. The Songbird Art program, created in partnership with the Jay N. Darling Legacy Center, is focused on sharing the wonder and diversity of songbirds, as well as their conservation needs.
What is the Fish Art Contest
The Fish Art Contest is open to all youth in grades K-12 (ages 5-18). To compete, participants will submit an entry consisting of a completed entry form, an original illustration of a fish from the Official Fish List and a one-page creative writing submission (required for grades 4-12). The contest deadline is February 28th.
What is the Song Bird Contest?
The Song Bird Art Contest is open to all youth in grades K-12 (ages 5-18). To compete, participants will submit an entry consisting of a completed entry form, an original illustration of a song bird from the Official Song Bird List and a one-page creative writing submission (required for grades 4-12). Participants will have until November 30th of each year to submit their entry to the contest online or by mail to Wildlife Forever.
How to Enter the Fish Art Contest
The 2024 Contest is Open!
- Step 1) With an adult, review the Rules & Guidelines for the 2024 Contest
- Step 2) Select any species of your choice.
- Some species are eligible for special awards! Learn more about the Specialty Awards.
- Please note entries MUST feature a wild fish in it's natural habitat.
- Step 3) Utilize 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.
- Step 4) Create a hand-done, original illustration of your species. Exact copies of a photo or other artist’s work will be disqualified. Any 2D medium is acceptable.
- Step 5) Write a personally written piece of creative writing or essay (one side of one page) sharing what you learned. Essays are not required for K-3 and international participants.
- Step 6) Submit your Entry. Complete a digital submission form and upload your artwork and essay directly before February 28th, 2024.