Each year, K-12 students from across the country can enter their artwork in the Wildlife Forever StateFish Art Contest. Student artists can submit artwork depicting any eligible fish listed on the organization’s website, wildlifeforever.org/contest/list. This year, two largemouth bass, a cutthroat trout and a bluegill landed four Alabama students in the winner’s circle. Alabama’s first place winners will receive their awards at the StateFish Art Expo, August 15-17 in Columbia, SC. 

The Alabama winners are:

Grades K-3:  Grace Xiang, Barbara Keel Art School, Auburn, AL, largemouth bass
Grades 4-6: Victoria Wang, Barbara Keel Art School, Auburn, AL, cutthroat trout
Grades 7-9: Annie Zhang, Barbara Keel Art School, Auburn, AL, bluegill
Grades 10-12: Brother Swagler, Mountain Brook High School, Mountain Brook, AL, largemouth bass 

Alabama’s official state fish are the largemouth bass and the fighting tarpon. 

National awards to be announced at the StateFish Art Expo include Best of Show and the People’s Choice Award. One outstanding piece of artwork will win the Art of Conservation Stamp Award and be reproduced as a conservation stamp. Proceeds from the stamp will be used to fund the StateFish Art Contest and children’s outdoor education. For more information about the event, visit wildlifeforever.org/contest. 

Wildlife Forever is a non-profit conservation organization based in Minnesota that works to preserve America’s wildlife heritage through conservation education, preservation of habitat and scientific management of fish and wildlife species. 

The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com

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