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Press Release

Alabama State-Fish Art Contest Winners Announced

May 20, 2008

CONTACT: Doug Darr
 334-242-3471
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division (WFF) and Wildlife Forever announced today the Alabama winners of the 10th Annual State-Fish Art Contest for Alabama students.
 
Alabama’s 2008 winners are: Connor Holcomb – Crossville (Grades 4-6), Saumer Neely – Birmingham (Grades 7-9), and Hanna Foushee – Odenville (Grades 10-12). Their winning artwork can be viewed at www.outdooralabama.com and at www.statefishart.com.   
 
With three age categories for students from fourth grade to high school seniors, the nationwide contest encourages young artists to draw and learn about their state’s native fish, as well as fish from other states, and to compete for art scholarships to attend the Art Institutes International Minnesota.
 
The State-Fish Art Contest is part of a conservation education program that sparks the imagination of students, while providing valuable lessons about fish and the importance of conserving the nation’s aquatic resources. “Wildlife Forever is pleased to honor the talented young artists, educators and parents who make the State-Fish Art Contest a memorable event,” said Douglas H. Grann, President & CEO of Wildlife Forever.
 
“Together, we are using art to empower a new generation of conservationists. By sharing their fish art with family, friends and the general public, our young people are becoming ambassadors for good stewardship of fish and wildlife habitat.”
 
In addition to having their artwork displayed at www.statefishart.com, the Alabama winners will have the opportunity to join talented young artists from across the U.S. at the State-Fish Art Expo, July 19-20, at the Mall of America. All winning artwork will be on display, and an Awards Ceremony will recognize the winners before a large Mall crowd. Each winning artist who attends the Expo will receive a blue ribbon, fishing rod and reel, a gift certificate for art supplies from Cheap Joe’s Art Stuff and other prizes.
 
National awards to be announced at the State-Fish Art Expo include ‘Best of Show’ honors for the top three pieces of artwork in each grade category from across the United States. The national “Best of Show” winner in grades 10-12 will receive a $2,500 scholarship to The Art Institutes International Minnesota. The first runner-up in grades 10-12 will also receive a $1,000 scholarship to the college.
 
Additionally, one outstanding piece of artwork will win the ‘Art of Conservation’ Stamp Award and be reproduced as a conservation stamp. Proceeds from the stamp will be used to fund conservation education and aquatic restoration projects across America.
 
Alabama is unique in that it has two state fish: the largemouth bass and the fighting tarpon. Student artists may create an illustration of any official state fish depicted in its natural habitat. The state fish for each state is pictured at www.statefishart.com/states.  
 
The artwork must be the contestant’s original, by hand, creation. Participants had to include a written composition on the fish’s behavior, habitat, and conservation. The contest is open to all students in Grades 4-12. Entries are separated into three grade categories: 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. Winning contestants from every state are honored in each category.
 
For contest information, visit www.statefishart.com, or call toll-free 1-877-FISHART (347-4278). Information about largemouth bass may be obtained by contacting the Fisheries Section of the WFF Division at 334-242-3471, or by viewing information at www.OutdoorAlabama.com.
 
Wildlife Forever is a multi-species, non-profit conservation organization that works to preserve America's wildlife heritage through conservation education, preservation of habitat, and scientific management of fish and wildlife species. Working at the grassroots level, Wildlife Forever has funded conservation projects in all 50 states, committing millions of dollars to “on the ground” conservation efforts. Learn more at www.wildlifeforever.org.  
 
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.OutdoorAlabama.com.