Young Artists Claim Top Honors in 2020 Georgia Fish Art Contest

PERRY, GA

The Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Wildlife Forever, and Title Sponsor Bass Pro Shops are proud to announce the winners of the 2020 Georgia Fish Art Contest.

The Wildlife Forever Art of Conservation Fish Art Contest introduces youth to the world of aquatic conservation by blending art and science to unlock the magic of fish and fishing. The 2020 National Fish Art Contest received over 5,000 entries from 47 states and 32 international countries.
 
"The Georgia Fish Art Contest is an incredible way to connect with young people and to highlight the incredible natural resources our state has that’s just waiting to be explored,” said Marion Baker, Georgia State-Fish Art Coordinator.

“For many students, the Fish Art Contest is their first experience learning about fish and fishing. Art transcends conservation. From the days of pictographs, Ding Darling and the duck stamp program, art has an unparalleled power to connect and teach. I’m so thankful for the sponsors who support the program, our state and international partners, dedicated teachers and parents who encourage young people to learn and experience our natural resources,” said Pat Conzemius, President and CEO of Wildlife Forever.

The top Georgia winners are:

Grades 10–12

  • First Place: Nicole Li, Bluegill
  • Second Place: Sophia Ostervoid, Steelhead Trout
  • Third Place: Jeongin Lee, American Shad
  • Go Fish Georgia Award: Caroline Henderson, Largemouth Bass

Grades 7–9

  • First Place: Woods DeLoach, Red Drum
  • Second Place: Natalie Kassa, American Shad
  • Third Place: Zihan Zhao, Brook Trout
  • Go Fish Georgia Award:  Aaron Shi, Channel Catfish

Grades 4–6

  • First Place: Aleena Huang, Cutthroat Trout
  • Second Place: Kelly Zhong, Steelhead Trout
  • Third Place: Elly Wasden, Largemouth Bass
  • Go Fish Georgia Award: Dash Cary, Walleye

Grades K–3

  • First Place: Emily Chen, Largemouth Bass
  • Second Place: Melissa Qiu, Cutthroat Trout
  • Third Place: James Chang, Bluegill
  • Go Fish Georgia Award: Richard Lu, Largemouth Bass

In mid-May, a distinguished panel of judges helped to select this year’s state and national winners. Along with state honors, students also competed for several unique award categories that included the Guy Harvey Award and the International Fish Migration Award. Artists also competed through written essay for the Fish Make You Smarter Award.

Here are some Georgia artists recognized with a national award:

  • Kelly Zhong, 4th Grade: selected as the First Place Fish Migration Award Winner (5–12 age group).
  • Emily Chen, 2nd Grade: placed 2nd in the K–3rd Grade category of the National State-Fish Art Contest.
  • Alexandra Huynh, 5th Grade: Placed 3rd in the National “Fish Make You Smarter Essay Contest.”
  • Caroline Henderson, 10th Grade: Placed 3rd in the National “Fish Make You Smarter Essay Contest.”

Due to COVID-19, contest deadlines were extended through April 30th, and students were allowed to submit digital entries of their art. A new online platform was also utilized for judges to participate from around the world.

All of the 2020 National and International winners can be found at www.wildlifeforever.org/home/state-fish-art/winners/. Digital images in low and high resolution are available upon request.

Artwork by Georgia Artists on Display: Artwork from Georgia winners will be on display at the Go Fish Education Center (https://gofisheducationcenter.com/) in Perry, Georgia for one year.

About the Go Fish Georgia Award: This award was created to celebrate the fish species that can be found in the state of Georgia which are community sought by anglers. The fish represented must be an official state-fish species. However, it does not have to be one of the three state-fish of Georgia. The artwork is chosen based on how well the judges feel it represents the fish and/or fishing in Georgia.

About the State-Fish Art Contest: The award-winning Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art® Contest, with support from Title Sponsor Bass Pro Shops, the US Forest Service and Guy Harvey Ocean Foundation, brings children, art and aquatic conservation together! To enter, young artists create an original illustration of any official state-fish and written words detailing its behavior, habitat, and efforts to conserve it. Entries are categorized in four grade levels: K–3, 4–6, 7–9, and 10–12. Educators nationwide utilize Fish On!, the full-color State-Fish Art Lesson Plan, integrating the disciplines of science and art. Entries are typically due postmarked by March 31st each year. Follow Wildlife Forever and State Fish Art on social media for current news and events. Learn more at www.statefishart.org.

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About Georgia DNR Wildlife Resources Division: As one of six divisions within DNR, the Wildlife Resources Division is charged with conserving, enhancing and promoting Georgia’s wildlife resources, including game and nongame animals, fish and protected plants.

About Wildlife Forever: Our mission is to conserve America's wildlife heritage through conservation education, preservation of habitat and management of fish and wildlife. Wildlife Forever is a 501c3 non-profit dedicated to investing resources on the ground. Recent audits reveal that 94% of every dollar supports our award-winning conservation programs. Please, Join Today and learn more about the State-Fish Art Contest®, Clean Drain Dry Initiative™ and Prairie City USA® at www.WildlifeForever.org.