Kids’ Fish Art Contest – Gr. 4-12

The 14th annual Kid’s Fish Art Contest.

How it works

fish-artEach fall, Ontario students are invited to enter the Kids’ Fish Art Contest. This free annual contest lets you show off your artistic talents and learn about Ontario’s native fish and their habitats.

There is 1 winner for each of the 3 categories:

  • grades 4-6
  • grades 7-9
  • grades 10-12

Winners of the 14th annual contest will be announced in March 2017.
Eligibility

The contest is open to all students:

  • who are residents of Ontario
  • currently attending elementary or secondary school (or homeschooled)
  • between the grades of 4-12

Only one entry per student will be accepted.

Children of Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry’s Fish and Wildlife Services Branch employees are not eligible.

Prizes

Contest winners and their classrooms receive great prizes. This year’s prizes include:

  • a fishing trip at Chaudière Lodge (Monetville)
  • a day of fishing with Canadian Sportfishing television show host Italo Labignon
  • fishing gear from Lucky Strike Baitworks
  • classroom art supplies from STAEDTLER Mars

The winning designs:

  • appear on Ontario’s young angler’s licence
  • advance to an international competition

Thank you to our generous content partners for the prizes:

Enter the 14th annual Kids’ Fish Art Contest

Topic

This year’s fish species are the:

  • Lake Sturgeon
  • Brook Trout

Key dates

Opens: October 3, 2016

Closes: December 2, 2016

Announcement of winners:  March 2017

How to enter

  1. Prepare your entry:
    • original artwork
    • a short essay
  2. Download and complete the entry form.
  3. Mail your entry, postmarked no later than December 2, 2016, to:Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
    Kids’ Fish Art Contest
    Fish and Wildlife Services Branch
    P.O. Box 7000, 300 Water Street
    Peterborough ON    K9J 8M5
    Attn: Jeff Standaert

Artwork specifications

size – 8.5″ x 11″ (letter-sized)
orientation – horizontal (landscape)
thickness – up to 0.6 cm (1/4″)

Do:

  • provide your artistic interpretation of the fish in its habitat
  • use techniques like scratch-board, pointillism, acrylics, oil, dry brush, watercolour, pencil crayon, crosshatch, collage, linoleum printing or crayon
  • submit your original, hand-done creation

Do not:

  • use photographs, tracings, computer-generated artwork
  • submit freehand copies of other people’s work
  • use mattes, frames, cover sheets or borders
  • put any lettering, signatures or initials on the front of the design

Artwork is judged on quality and artistic interpretation.

Essay

Write a 1-page essay about:

  • your fish
  • its habitat
  • how to protect it for future generations

Include your name and address on your essay.

13th annual contest winners

The official fish for the 13th annual contest were Brown Bullhead and Aurora Trout. The winning designs were announced at the 2016 Toronto Sportsmen’s Show and appear on the 2016 young angler’s licence. Thank you to all the students who entered, and to our generous contest partners, Chaudière Lodge, Canadian Sportfishing, Lucky Strike Baitworks, STAEDTLER Mars and Wildlife Forever.

Grades 10-12  and grand prize winner

Howyn Tang of Richmond Hill, ON

Howyn wins a 3-day fishing excursion from Chaudière Lodge, a day of fishing with Canadian Sportfishing Television Show host Italo Labignan, classroom art supplies from STAEDTLER Mars and fishing gear from Lucky Strike Bait Works. Congratulations, Howyn!

1st place – Kids’ Fish Art Contest

Grades 7-9

Maria Chigireva of Toronto, ON

Maria wins fishing gear from Lucky Strike Bait Works and classroom art supplies from STAEDTLER Mars. Congratulations, Maria!

2nd place – Kids’ Fish Art Contest

Grades 4-6

Madeline Swan of Huntsville, ON

Madeline wins fishing gear from Lucky Strike Bait Works and classroom art supplies from STAEDTLER Mars. Congratulations, Madeline!

3rd place – Kids’ Fish Art Contest

Young angler’s licence

Canadian kids under 18 don’t need a licence to fish. The young angler’s licence was designed to help youngsters appreciate the importance of fish and their habitat. The young angler’s pledge appears on the back.

How to get a licence

These free cards are available from early February every year (while supplies last):

  • at the Toronto Sportsmen’s Show
  • at the Ottawa Boat and Sportsmen’s Show
  • at Learn to Fish sessions in selected provincial parks
  • by contacting the Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

Kids’ Fish Art Contest partners

 

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