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Fish Art Contest

art work of brook trout with logo

Vermont Fish & Wildlife is pleased to team up with Wildlife Forever to bring the national Fish Art Contest to Vermont! Fish Art Contest uses art, science, and creative writing to foster connections to the outdoors and inspire the next generation of stewards. While participating students will explore and learn about Vermont’s fish species and some of the challenges they face.

How to Participate

The contest is open to grades K-12 (5-18 years). Students will select a fish species to research, create an illustration of the species and write a one-page creative writing essay. 

Winners are awarded in four age categories: kindergarten-3rd grade, 4th-6th grade, 7th-9th grade, and 10th-12th grade. (Essays are not required for kindergarten-3rd grade students.) 

Vermont entries must feature a fish species that occurs in Vermont. Use the resource HERE to select a species.

2023 Fish Art Contest Winners

painting of brown bullhead and sketch of brook trout
Brown Bullhead by Hannah White and Brook Trout by Sloane Urette

Grades: K-3 

  • 1st: Lyra Heft: pumpkinseed
  • 2nd: Raine Chaleff: northern pike
  • 3rd: Dorothy Krahn: smallmouth bass

Grades 4-6:

  • 1st: Victor Stahler: pickerel
  • 2nd: Emelia Brothers: walleye
  • 3rd: Siler Russ: mottled sculpin

Grades: 7-9

  • 1st: Hannah White: brown bullhead
  • 2nd: Alexander Webber: northern pearl dace
  • 3rd: Elizabeth Palfalv: slimy sculpin

Grades: 10-12

  • 1st: Sloane Urette: eastern brook trout 

Expand Your Learning Opportunities

The Fish Art Contest is a perfect stepping-stone to participating in our Let’s Go Fishing Program. If you are an educator and wish to augment your students’ learning, we encourage you to become a certified Let’s Go Fishing Instructor. It’s a great resource for bringing aquatic education into the classroom. 

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