Winners of Wildlife Forever’s State-Fish Art Contest and their families assembled in Perry, Georgia at the Go Fish Education Center, July 12-13. The Awards Ceremony was held at the delightful Perry Players Community Theatre. States across the nation were represented by the attending children who were 1st place winners of their individual states. Adding to the overall excitement was the discovery of whose fish art won the coveted National Awards chosen from all the winning entries.
Seth Thomas Spradlin Best Of Show Award
The Seth Thomas Spradlin Best of Show Award is the top honor, given to one piece selected as the "best of the best" from all winning entries. The recipent of this award was Jiwon Yu, a talented 11th grader from Shoreline, Washington, with her exceptional drawing of a steelhead trout.
2013 Art Of Conservation Stamp Award
Ellen Vance, an 11th grader from Batesburg, South Carolina, is the 2013 winner of the coveted Art of Conservation Stamp Award with her powerful painting of a striped bass.
"Wildlife Forever is pleased to honor the talented South Carolina artist, Ellen Vance, with the 2013 Art of Conservation Stamp Award," said Doug Grann, Wildlife Forever president and CEO. “This honor is awarded to the student whose winning design becomes part of the State-Fish Art Stamp Collection. By recognizing the work of students today, we hope to inspire the conservationists of tomorrow."
Ellen's painting is available as a collector’s stamp. Both as a single stamp and a souvenir sheet. Proceeds from sales of the stamp help fund the State-Fish Art Contest. Both versions of this year’s, and past year’s, stamps can be purchased through Wildlife Forever’s online store.
2013 Smile Award
The Smile Award is given to a painting selected from all the contest entries that, "makes you feel good inside when you see it. You just can't help but smile!" said Karen Hollingsworth, manager of State-Fish Art. Katie O'Shields, an 11th grader from Jasper, Georgia, was the winner with her smileworthy painting of a largemouth bass eyeballing a rather nervous worm.
2013 Invader Crusader Award
This is the second year for presenting the Invader Crusader Award! The winner is selected from all the entries in the Silent Invader Category for which the artist paints not only a state-fish species, but also an invasive species. Erin Werner, a 5th grader from Sante Fe, Texas, won with her channel bass swimming near an invasive red lionfish. Her unique perspective captivated the judges.
2013 People’s Choice Award
Asmaa Alothman, a 1st grader from North Carolina, received the People’s Choice Award for her channel bass. Voting by the public took place both online and then at the Go Fish Education Center prior to the EXPO Awards Ceremony.
2013 1st Place International Award—Grades 7-9
A special addition to the Awards Ceremony was a winner traveling all the way from the Philippines to claim her 1st Place award in the International Category for Grades 7-9. Jamia Mei Tolentino, a talented 8th grader, was honored for her painting of a bluegill.
2013 "TOP 12" 1st Place National Winner—Grades K-3
Top Honors in the "Mighty Minnows" K-3 division went to Angelina Drost of South Carolina with her painting of striped bass. Second Place was awarded to Ian Wang from Massachusetts and 3rd Place to Chanhee Kwak from Washington.
2013 "TOP 12" 1st Place National Winner—Grades 4-6
The 4-6 grade category was topped by Erin Werner, the winner of the Invader Crusader Award, with 2nd Place going, for the second year in a row, to Mariya Grabovska from California, and 3rd Place to Tiffany Lin of Florida
2013 "TOP 12" 1st Place National Winner—Grades 7-9
Anastasia Golyakova of Washington took 1st Place in grades 7-9 with her beautiful steelhead trout painting. The 2nd Place winner was Soyoung Park of New Jersey and 3rd Place went to Alice Feng from California.
2013 "TOP 12" 1st Place National Winner—Grades 10-12
The grades 10-12 top honor went to Jiwon Yu the Best of Show winner. Second Place was awarded to Marisa Lu of Maryland. Brady King from Texas received 3rd Place.
All 142 state and international winners from 48 states, Canada, India, Korea, Mexico and the Philippines can be viewed at www.statefishart.org.
The Wildlife Forever State-Fish Art Contest seeks to involve students in the outdoors through art. Students compete in four grade-level divisions: K-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12. Deadline for submitting entries to the contest is March 31 each year. Information on the contest is available at: www.statefishart.org.
Wildlife Forever, the NAFC’s non-profit conservation affiliate, is America's leading all species conservation organization, conserving America's fish and wildlife through education, preservation of habitat and management of all things wild. Learn more at the Wildlife Forever web site.