JUNEAU, Alaska – June 1, 2022 – Young artists from across Alaska displayed a lot of creative talent in this year’s Fish Art Contest™. The USDA Forest Service, Wildlife Forever, and Bass Pro Shops partner every year to engage youth in the world of fish, fishing, and aquatic conservation through the blending of art, science, and writing.
Alaska’s winners are:
Alaska State Fish Heritage Award:
First Place – Lillian McSparron
Alaska State Fish Art Contest 1st place:
Aleah Lanser –K-3 grade
Lillian McSparron – 4th-6th grade
Alaska State Fish Art Contest 2nd place:
James Murray – K-3rd grade
Michael Murray – 4th-6th grade
Alaska State Fish Art Contest 3rd place:
Olivia McGrain – K-3rd grade tie
Serena Kletzl – K-3rd grade tie
“The Fish Art Contest is a great way to encourage young people to learn about different species of fish across Alaska,” said Neil Stichert, regional fisheries and aquatic program manager. “The importance of fish to our National Forests and communities who depend on them for food and economy cannot be overstated.”
Each year, young artists create an original fish illustration and submit an essay detailing the fish’s habitat and efforts to conserve it.