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Winners of the Texas State Fish Art Contest on Display in Austin [PICS]

Images via Wildlife Forever

Students, grades K-12, were encouraged to participate in a statewide art contest to promote conservation in Texas.

Texas held a state-wide art contest called The Art of Conservation for students K-12. Students were asked to paint, draw, or color the many freshwater fish that inhabit Texas’s waters.

The participants in grades 4-12 had to choose one recognized state fish to draw as well as write a one-page essay on its habitat, behavior, and any conservation efforts towards the fish. Grades K-3 were only required to submit the drawing portion of the contest.

The entries were judged by the Texas Freshwater Fisheries Center in Athens, Texas. Winners were chosen from each grade group: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. All entrees will receive a Strike King fishing lure and a certificate for participating.

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The overall first place winner is invited to participate in an all-expenses-paid trip to a national contest that is provided by the Toyota Bass Classic. This year’s winner was Kriti Sinha, grade 10-12 division, with a beautiful painting of a catfish (pictured above).

The winning entries for all age groups are currently on display at the Beverly S. Sheffield Center in Austin Texas until July 5, 2015.

The contest was sponsored by numerous conservation groups including Texas Parks and Wildlife Department, Wildlife Forever, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Bass Pro Shops, and more.

Images via Wildlife Forever

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Winners of the Texas State Fish Art Contest on Display in Austin [PICS]