Fish Migration Award

In 2018, we hosted a Happy Fish Challenge—a contest for children to paint, draw, or color the Happy Fish symbol and send in a photo or video of their artwork. On World Fish Migration Day 2018, we announced the winners out of the hundreds of submissions we received! Because of the enthusiasm for this contest, we are now partnering with Wildlife Forever to introduce an international award category called Fish Migration Award as a part of their 2020 State-Fish Art Contest.  


The State-Fish Art contest is an annual nationwide (USA) contest aimed at educating kids, teachers and parents on aquatic resources, conservation and each state’s State-Fish. Every year, they receive hundreds of beautiful art pieces created by children across the USA. This year, they have expanded their contest to include an international component—the Fish Migration Award! Enter now for your chance to win!


This award focuses on the importance of migratory fish and the free-flowing waters they rely on. The Fish Migration Award has a separate set of expectations to best suit the international focus of this award. Should you choose to enter this competition please follow the step below and happy creating! 


Steps to Enter the Fish Migration Award:

  1. Select any fish species from the Official Fish Migration Species List.
  2. To learn more about your fish species check out the State-Fish Art Lesson PlanSwimways PosterFrom Sea to Source BookFish Base and other written and online reputable sources. 
  3. Read through the Rules & Guidelines carefully to be sure your artwork will qualify for the contest (for the State-Fish Art regular entry or for the Fish Migration Award or BOTH).
    1. Optional: Look at Judge’s Wisdom & Inspiration for advice and examples of previous art.
  4. Create your Fish Migration Award Entry (NO essay required for the Fish Migration Award):
    1. One original HORIZONTAL 9″X12″ (22 cm x 30 cm) ART ILLUSTRATION of your selected fish species from the Official Fish Migration Species List.
  5. Complete a contest Entry Form (International entries and entries from AK, GA, MO and TX have separate Entry Forms) to attach to your final email with your artwork. Be sure to mark that you are entering in the “Fish Migration Award.”
  6. Mail your entry to – Wildlife Forever, 5350 HWY 61 N, Suite 7, White Bear Lake, MN, USA 55110-2473 – before April 30th, 2020. **International entries should be sent in through e-mail. Please include a scanned image or photo of your Artwork and Entry form and send to Artists from AK, GA, TX, and MO that are ONLY applying for the Fish Migration Award should use the STANDARD entry form,  judging for the Fish Migration Award will occur at the Wildlife Forever Headquarters.


Jeremy Wade invites you to join the Fish Art Contest!



Judging occurs in mid May and winners will be announced late May. Winners of the Fish Migration Award will be announced on World Fish Migration Day at 


Entries that place 1st, 2nd, or 3rd, in either age/grade category from the United States will be held onto to be displayed at the State-Fish Art EXPO in August. International Entries should be sent in by e-mail, any international entries mailed to Wildlife Forever will not be returned.


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