Fish Art Contest

The ART of Conservation

Wonders of Wildlife is the Missouri host for the Wildlife Forever Fish Art Contest

The Fish Art Contest was inspired in 1997 by a 5th grader’s homework assignment and has grown into an international competition introducing young people to the wonders of fish, the joy of fishing and the importance of aquatic conservation. The Fish Art Contest uses art, science and creative writing to foster connections to the outdoors and inspire the next generation of stewards.

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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 March 31st each year.

How to Enter the Fish Art Contest

The 2022 Contest is Open!


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


  • 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 your State-Fish Art Entry consisting of two parts:

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

Part B
A personally written essay (one side of one page) relating to 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 will be judged and awarded, but are not required, for contestants in Kindergarten, 1st, 2nd, and 3rd grade.


  • Step 5) This year you have the option to submit your entry & registration online! The digital entry form can be found here. Mailing in your entry is still an option, but you still need to register online. The form for mail in entries can be found here.


  • Step 6) Submit your Entry.
    • Option 1 Complete a digital submission form and upload your artwork and essay directly.
    • Option B: Complete a digital registration form. Once completed, mail your entry to the address listed at the top of the Entry Form before March 31st, 2022.
    • Option 3: Print a PDF entry form, fill out by hand, and mail your entry to the address listed at the top of your Entry Form before March 31st, 2022.


Winners will be announced at the beginning of May, 2022.

Prizes will be sent by mail after winners are announced.

Contact our Education Team

If you have questions about the Fish Art Contest, please contact our education department.