Youth Wildlife Art Contest

The National Rifle Association is now accepting entries for its 2014 George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest. 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 3, 2014.

Winners in each grade category will receive $750. Second-place finishers will receive $500, and the third-place award will be $250. A prize of $1000 will also be awarded for Best In Show.

Entries may be submitted in one of four categories, based on school grade. Category I includes grades 1 through 3. Category II is for grades 4 through 6. Category III covers grades 7 through 9, and Category IV includes grades 10 through 12. 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 subjects. Call (703) 267-1531 or email if you need to confirm whether a certain animal or bird is eligible, or see this list of North American game animals and birds.

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 8½"x11" or 11"x14"; 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 3, 2014, and must be accompanied by an entry form or 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 3, 2014. In addition, 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.

Send entries to: George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest, 11250 Waples Mill Road, Fairfax, VA 22030. NRA will return all entries by February 2015. 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) 267-1531 or

See NRAblog for coverage of the Youth Wildlife Art Contest.

The National Rifle Association is pleased to announce the winners for the 2013 George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest:

2013 George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest Winners
Best In Show
Justas Varpucanskis, Mokena, Illinois
CATEGORY I (Grades 1-3)
  First Place: Jerry Yuan
Fremont, California
  Second Place: Ally Wang
Canton, Michigan
  Third Place: Alisa Jia
Chandler, Arizona
CATEGORY II (Grades 4-6)
  First Place: Elijah Roberts
Union, Kentucky
  Second Place: Catherine Chen
Fremont, California
  Third Place: Janet Cui
Fremont, California
CATEGORY III (Grades 7-9)
  First Place: Anna Chen
Germantown, Maryland
  Second Place: Liam Jeanette
Wheaton, Illinois
  Third Place: Kelly Wang
Johns Creek, Georgia
CATEGORY IV (Grades 10-12)
  First Place: Joanne Zheng
Johns Creek, Georgia
  Second Place: Matthew Mayers
San Jacinto, California
  Third Place: Noah Bounds
Shreveport, Louisiana

Honorable Mentions:

  • Shelby Bernard, Brentwood, NH
  • Anne Elizabeth Carlstein, Chapel Hill, NC
  • Steffi Chen, Palatine, IL
  • Sophie Chung, Carrolltown, TX
  • Angelina Drost, Kingstree, SC
  • Anastasia Golyakova, Richland, WA
  • Anabelle Hur, Fort Lee, NJ
  • Jordan Irby, Midlothian, TX
  • Min Jang, Germantown, MD
  • Jei Jeong, Centreville, VA
  • Selina Jiang, Palatine, IL
  • Jigar Kapadia, Shelton, CT
  • Michelle Kien, Rockville, MD
  • YiYun Li, Sugar Land, TX
  • Emily Liu, Fremont, CA
  • Nicholas Lonetto, Williamstown, NJ
  • Ashley Park, Little Neck, NY
  • Sue Jin Park, Lewisville, TX
  • Lenora Pousland, Austin, TX
  • Paige Rajnus, Malin, OR
  • Shreenidhi Saravanan, West Lafayette, LA
  • Nancy H. Shao, Sugar Land, TX
  • Emily Shirey, Keller, TX
  • Grace Sun, Lake Zurich, IL
  • Veda Thomas, Phoenix, AZ
  • Albert Wang, Weston, FL
  • Cassie Wang, West Windsor, NJ
  • Susanna Wu, Novi, MI
  • Belinda Yan, San Jose, CA
  • Grace Yan, Belle Mead, NJ
  • Ann Zhao, Fremont, CA
  • Catherine Zheng, Fremont, CA

For more information about the George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest, email