Alaska Artists Crowned In Fish Art Contest

The following press release is courtesy of the U.S. Forest Service:

Sixth grader Lillian McSparron’s art took first place and the Alaska State Fish Heritage Award.

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.

All 2022 National and International winners can be found on the Wildlife Forever website.

Follow Alaska’s National Forests on Facebook and Twitter.