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2005 Winners Announced

For Immediate Release
Contact: Brett Richardson (763) 253-0222
April 22, 2005
www.statefishart.com

Alabama Students Win 2005 Wildlife Forever
State-Fish Art Contest

Artwork To Be Displayed At State-Fish Art Expo July 2nd
& at
www.statefishart.com

BROOKLYN CENTER, MN—Wildlife Forever is pleased to announce the winners for the 2005 Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art Contest, including winners from Alabama. A distinguished panel of judges selected the Alabama winners:

Grades 4-6 Alexis Sylvester - Mobile

Grades 7-9 David Duggan - Pinson

Grades 10-12 Connery Carson - Birmingham

"We would like to commend the winning artists and all the students, parents and educators from Alabama who participated in the 2005 State-Fish Art Contest. Together, we are using art to educate the next generation of aquatic stewards," said Douglas H. Grann, President & CEO of Wildlife Forever. "The announcement of the winners of the State-Fish Art Contest on Earth Day every year is a fun and exciting time," continued Grann. "The quality of artwork submitted this year was consistently outstanding. The judges had a very difficult time choosing the top entries."

Judges for the 2005 State-Fish Art Contest included Larry Horn of The Art Institutes International Minnesota, Mark LaBarbera of the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources, Kelly Gohman of the North American Fishing Club, Eric Gislason of Kent Hrbek Outdoors and Kevin Robb of Mall of America.

Contest winners will be invited to the 7th Annual State-Fish Art Expo at Mall of America on July 2, 2005. A massive art display in the Mall’s Sam Goody Central rotunda will feature all the outstanding artwork from across the country and an Awards Ceremony will recognize the talented young artists before the large mall crowd. Prizes are many for the 2005 State-Fish Art Contest winners. Each young artist will receive a special gift certificate for art supplies from Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff plus fishing gear from Rapala. The event at Mall of America is free and open to the public.

In addition, artists and their families attending the Expo will receive free entry to the Metrodome to watch the Minnesota Twins face the Tampa Bay Devil Rays on July 3rd. The artists and their artwork will be recognized in a special pre-game ceremony on the playing field.

An outstanding piece of art entered in the 2005 State-Fish Art Contest will be reproduced as a conservation stamp. Proceeds from the stamp will be used to fund conservation projects across America.

To enter the Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art Contest, young artists create an illustration of their state fish and a written composition on its behavior, habitat, and efforts to conserve it. Entries are categorized in three grade levels: 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. Educators nationwide have utilized the full-color State-Fish Art Contest Lesson Plan, an interdisciplinary educational supplement specific to aquatic natural resources that includes extensive background information, a species identification section profiling each state fish, a glossary, and student worksheets. The lesson plan can be downloaded at no cost from the State-Fish Art website, www.statefishart.com.

About Wildlife Forever

Located in Brooklyn Center, MN, Wildlife Forever is a non-profit multi-species conservation organization dedicated to preserving America’s wildlife heritage. Working at the grassroots level, Wildlife Forever has funded conservation projects in all 50 states, committing millions of dollars to "on the ground" efforts. Wildlife Forever values habitat restoration and enhancement, land acquisition, research, and management of fish and wildlife populations.

Sponsors for the Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art Contest include Rapala, The Art Institutes International Minnesota, Mall of America, the Minnesota Twins, the North American Fishing Club, and Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff.

For information on the Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art Contest, visit www.statefishart.com. Contact: Brett Richardson at (763) 253-0222 or brichardson@wildlifeforever.org.

Digital copies of artwork.

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