State Fish Art Contest in Texas

The Fish Art Contest is part of a conservation education program designed to spark the imaginations of students while providing valuable lessons about fish and the importance of conserving Texas’ aquatic resources.

The nationwide art contest is sponsored by Wildlife Forever, a national conservation organization. Students in grades 4 through 12 in public, private or home schools are invited to submit a drawing of a fish from the official fish list and a one-page essay on its behavior, habitat or conservation. Students in K-3 may also submit a drawing; the essay is not required for this age group.

A free lesson plan is available for assisting students who wish to enter the contest. Entries must be postmarked by March 31 each year and must comply with all rules and regulations. An official entry form must accompany all entries.

The TPWD Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens is the official host for the Texas Fish Art Contest, and Texas entries are judged there. Winning Texas entries are forwarded to Wildlife Forever’s headquarters in White Bear Lake, Minnesota, to compete for national awards.

State contest winners are invited to attend an awards ceremony each summer. The Toyota Bassmaster Texas Fest provides funds for cash prizes for Texas winners and for travel expenses for Texas first-place winners.

The 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.

Wildlife Forever is a conservation organization whose mission is to conserve America’s wildlife heritage through conservation education, preservation of habitat and management of fish and wildlife. Learn more about this program on the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center page!

Keep your finger on the fishing industry pulse

The Definititive News Source of the Fishing & Marine Industry