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An 11th-grader earned the 2018 Art of Conservation award for his painting, Wildlife Forever.

An 11th-grader earned the 2018 Art of Conservation award for his painting, Wildlife Forever.

They Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation 2020 State-Fish Art Contest, supported by title sponsor Bass Pro Shops, is open for entries.

The contest was inspired in 1997 by a 5th grader’s homework assignment — she discovered there was little information on all the different state-fish in the United States.

The Art of Conservation inspires young people to get involved in the outdoors and seeks to convert kids into activists for nature.

“The State-Fish Art Contest connects young people to the world of fishing and teaches the importance of conserving the great outdoors,” said Bass Pro Shops senior director Bob Ziehmer in a statement. “This contest reaches every corner of our world, impacting thousands each year and inspiring young people to spend more time outside.”

The contest is free and open to students in grades K-12 internationally; the deadline is March 31. Winners will be awarded in four grade categories — K-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12.

Entries must be postmarked by March 31. Judging takes place in April and winners will be announced in May. To learn more and see the 2019 winners, visit


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