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2020 NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest

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Cat. III 1st place:
Andrew Han,
Chino Hills, Calif.

s we continue to celebrate the 150th
year of your National Rifle Association,
I want to highlight the annual NRA
Youth Wildlife Art Contest. This contest
encourages young people to nurture their
interest for the visual arts, hunting and wildlife
conservation. The 2020 winners were selected
last fall, and for the first time, submissions
were sent in electronically. Every year, I look
forward to seeing the incredible entries
submitted from all over the United States.
Since its inception in 1987, the NRA Youth
Wildlife Art Contest has challenged young
artists to create exceptional works of art
depicting North American wildlife. Entries
must portray any North American game
bird or animal that may be legally hunted
or trapped. Open to any student in grades
1 through 12, including home-schooled
children, the contest does not require NRA
membership to participate.
For students who are interested in hunting
and wildlife, this contest is an outlet for creative talent, practicing artistic techniques and
refining wildlife identification skills through the
creation of original works. The goal has always
been to foster young artists' enthusiasm for
the outdoors by honing animal identification
skills, along with expanding their knowledge
regarding the continent's indigenous wildlife.
Over the years, it has resonated with young
artists, who must carefully study an animal and
hone their techniques to not only accurately
depict a species, but also to give their entry
life. The contest also reinforces the positive
effects of hunting and wildlife conservation
with the public at large.

Cat. IV 1st place:
Ashley Zhang,
Coppell, Texas.

During the 2020 contest, a total of $7,000
in cash prizes were distributed. Entries are
divided into four categories based on grade
level: Category I (1st - 3rd), Category II (4th -
6th), Category III (7th - 9th) and Category IV
(10th - 12th). Judges select first-, secondand third-place entries from each category
to receive prizes of $750, $500 and $250,
respectively. Additionally, the Best in Show
recipient, selected from the entries across all
four categories, receives a $1,000 grand prize.
Ten-year-old FayFay He of Chandler, Ariz.,
is the 2020 NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest
Best in Show winner. He submitted a scene of
an elk herd crossing a river that really wowed
our judges. Congratulations
to He, along with all the other
award winners!
You can see all of the 2020
winners, as well as details on
how to enter the 2021 contest,
at artcontest.nra.org.

Cat. II 1st place:
Jiada Rivera,
Chandler, Ariz.

Cat. I 1st place:
Olivia Li,
Chandler, Ariz.

Best in Show:
FayFay He,
Chandler, Ariz.
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