Youth Wildlife Art Contest

The George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest is open to students grades 1 through 12 (including home-schooled children).

Entries are sorted into one of four categories, based on school grade:

  • Category I: Grades 1-3
  • Category II: Grades 4-6
  • Category III: Grades 7-9
  • Category IV: Grades 10-12

Entries must 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. To confirm whether a certain animal or bird is eligible, see this list of North American game animals and birds.

First, second and third place winners will be selected for each category and will be awarded $750, $500, $250 respectively. One entry will be selected to receive the Best In Show award and a $1,000 prize. Judges may also choose for a non-winning entry to receive an Honorable Mention award. All winning entries will be published on the NRABlog and in NRA Family.

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 artwork 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 a published photograph without copyright permission from the photographer, or from another artist's work, shall be disqualified.

All contest entries will be returned courtesy of the National Rifle Association following the conclusion of the George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest. Entrants need not provide their own envelopes or return postage. Entries will be returned by April 1, 2016.

For more information about the 2016 George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest, email us at or check this site for updates.

The National Rifle Association is pleased to announce the winners for the 2015 George Montgomery/NRA Youth Wildlife Art Contest:

Best In Show: Justas Varpucanskis, Mokena, IL

Category I (Grades 1-3)

1st Place: Michael Foret, Baton Rouge, LA

2nd Place: Trent Thompson, Newton, IA

3rd Place: Anna E. Fair, Coudersport, PA

Honorable Mentions:
Tiffany Wang – San Ramon, CA
Jason Wong – Manalapan, NJ
Paul VanLaningham – Burlington, KY
Andralyn Yao – West Lafayette, IN
Alex Bounds – Naperville, IL

Category II (Grades 4-6)

1st Place: James Sanders, Trout, LA

2nd Place: Christine Yiu, Fremont, CA

3rd Place: Luke Lanam, Seymour, IN

Honorable Mentions:
Dahn Kim – Germantown, MD
Alyssa Wong – Chandler, AZ
Nikita Turcenko – Geneva, IL
Jessica Bae – Oakton, VA
Jenna Jeon – Potomac, MD

Category III (Grades 7-9)

1st Place: Hannah Chen, Brentwood, TN

2nd Place: Wendy Han, Cumming, GA

3rd Place: Michelle Kien, Rockville, MD

Honorable Mentions:
Jessika Harmon – Worden, MT
Emily Liu – Fremont, CA
Nancy Shao – Sugarland, TX
Reagan Stephens – Weatherford, OK

Category IV (Grades 10-12)

1st Place: Alice Feng, Union City, CA

2nd Place: Amy Lin, Phoenix, AZ

3rd Place Tie: Min Sin, The Colony, TX

3rd Place Tie: Emily Gaston, Tulsa, OK

Honorable Mentions:
Haoran Li – Potomac, MD
Aliyah Fowlkes – Pearisburg, VA
Katherine Anderson – Houston, TX
Courtney Brown – Washington D.C.
Yihan Wu – Morganville, NJ

Questions regarding the contest may be directed to (703) 267-1588 or See NRAblog for coverage of the Youth Wildlife Art Contest.