How it works

Ontario students are invited to enter the Kids’ Fish Art Contest. This free annual contest lets you show off your artistic talents and learn about Ontario’s native fish and their habitats. There is one winner for each of the three categories:

  • Grades 4-6
  • Grades 7-9
  • Grades 10-12

Eligibility

The contest is open to all students who are:

  • residents of Ontario
  • currently attending elementary or secondary school (or homeschooled)
  • between the Grades of 4-12

Only one entry per student will be accepted.

The contest is not open to the immediate relatives of employees of the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry.

Prizes

We thank our partner, Lucky Strike Bait Works, for their generous donation of fishing gear to the winners of this year’s contest.

Winning artwork will be featured in the 2024 Ontario Fishing Regulations.

Enter the 20th annual Kids’ Fish Art Contest

Topic

Students can pick between:

  • longnose gar
  • lake trout

Key dates

  • Closes: December 31, 2022
  • Announcement of winners: March 2023

Artwork specifications

  • Size: 8.5" x 11" (letter-sized)
  • Orientation: horizontal
  • Thickness: up to 0.6 cm (1/4")

Do:

  • provide your artistic interpretation of the fish in its habitat
  • use techniques like scratch-board, pointillism, acrylics, oil, dry brush, watercolour, pencil crayon, crosshatch, collage, linoleum printing or crayon
  • submit your original, hand-done creation

Do not:

  • use photographs, tracings, computer-generated artwork
  • submit freehand copies of other people’s work
  • use mattes, frames, cover sheets or borders
  • put any lettering, signatures or initials on the front of the design

Artwork is judged on quality and artistic interpretation.

How to enter

  1. Prepare your original artwork
  2. Download and complete the entry form
  3. Mail your artwork and entry form, postmarked no later than December 31, 2022, to:

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry
Kids' Fish Art Contest
Fish and Wildlife Services Branch, Attention: Elizabeth Wheeler
P.O. Box 7000
300 Water Street
Peterborough, Ontario
K9J 3C7

19th annual contest winners

For the 19th annual contest, students could choose between brown trout and small-mouth bass. The overall winner will have their artwork on the front of the 2022 Young Angler's Licence.

Thank you to all students who entered and to our generous contest partners, STAEDTLER Mars and Lucky Strike.

Grades 10-12 and grand prize winner

Eric Choi of London, Ontario

Eric wins fishing gear from Lucky Strike Bait Works and classroom art supplies from STAEDTLER Mars.

Eric's artwork will also appear on the front of the 2022 Young Angler's Licence. Congratulations, Eric!

Grades 7-9

Shree Saraswathi Shanmugam of North York, Ontario

Shree Saraswathi wins fishing gear from Lucky Strike Bait Works and classroom art supplies from STAEDTLER Mars. Congratulations, Shree Saraswathi!

Grades 4-6

Chenxi Wu of Oakville, Ontario

Chenxi wins fishing gear from Lucky Strike Bait Works and classroom art supplies from STAEDTLER Mars. Congratulations, Chenxi!

The next Kids' Fish Art Contest will launch in Fall 2022. Please check back for updated dates and details.

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