Kids' Fish Art Contest


logo of Kids' Fish Art Contest sponsor Pine Portage Lodge

The Grand Prize winner in the eleventh annual Kids' Fish Art Contest receives a 3-day fishing trip from Pine Portage Lodge!

This fall is your chance to show off your artistic talents, and learn about Ontario's native fish and their habitats!


The Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources, along with its contest partners, will hold its 12th Annual Kids’ Fish Art Contest from September 29 to November 28, 2014, when the contest species will be the splake and the bowfin.  The winning design will be used on the 2015 Young Angler's Licence.  Entry forms for the 12th annual contest will be available in late September 2014.



We have our winners!

Thank you to all the students who submitted entries in our 11th annual Kids' Fish Art Contest.  Winning entries were announced at the Toronto Sportsmen's Show on February 7, 2014. 

Largemouth bass
and bloater (a species of cisco) were the official fish of the 11th annual contest. Our judges were looking for artwork that depicted these fish in their natural habitat.

View the winners of the 11th annual contest here.




Contest Rules 


The Kids' Fish Art Contest is open to all students who live in Ontario and are between grades four and twelve. 

Here is what you need to know: 


  • Entries will be judged on the quality of the artwork and artistic interpretation.
  • All artwork must be the contestant's original, hand-done creation. Photographs, tracings, computer-generated artwork and freehand copies of other people's work will not knowingly be accepted.  We are interested in your artistic interpretation of the fish in its habitat.
  • All artwork must be horizontal, 8.5" by 11", without a mat, frame, cover sheet or border.
  • Art techniques may include scratch-board, pointillism, acrylics, oil, dry brush, watercolour, pencil crayon, crosshatch, collage, linoleum printing or crayon. Artwork must not exceed 1/4" in total thickness.
  • Please - no lettering, signatures or initials on the front of the design. Any artwork with such markings will be disqualified.
  • Only one entry per student will be accepted.
  • Entries must be postmarked no later than November 28, 2014. 


This is what you need to include: 


  • a completed entry form (available in late September 2014)
  • the artwork
  • a one-page essay about your fish (splake or bowfin), its habitat, and how to protect it for future generations.  Please include your name and address on your essay.


If submitted artwork does not meet these requirements, it will not be considered.


Mail your entries to:

Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources
Kids' Fish Art Contest
Fish and Wildlife Services Branch
P.O. Box 7000, 300 Water Street
Peterborough ON    K9J 8M5
Attn: Jeff Standaert    (e-mail:

Three grade-group winners (grades four to six, seven to nine and 10 to 12) will be selected. 


Prizes include:

• STAEDTLER Mars products for classroom use
• a complete set of fishing gear from Lucky Strike Bait Works.


In addition, an overall winner will be chosen and will receive a three-day fishing excursion plus accommodation courtesy of Pine Portage Lodge (Wawa), a one day fishing trip with Canadian Sportfishing Television Show host Italo Labignan, and a Canadian Sportfishing Jacket and Hat.