WYOMING — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department (WGFD) is expanding its Collective Conservation Stamp Art Show competition to include Wyoming students K-12, the agency announced this afternoon, Jan. 19.

The competition is historically open to professional artists but according to WGFD, the move is aimed at getting more young people engaged with wildlife.

Past winner, Adam Oswald of Harrisburg, South Dakota. His depiction was featured on the 2022 collectible conservation stamp and was a limited-edition print. Photo: Adam Oswald

“Game and Fish is working on more ways to engage kids and schools through our Inspire a Kid program. Having an art contest for K-12 kids alongside our traditional stamp contest is a great opportunity to inspire more wildlife enthusiasts for the future,” said Nish Goicolea, Game and Fish communications and education chief.

The subject of the contest for 2024 is the beaver. Submissions for adult and youth competitions must be received by the Game and Fish Headquarters in Cheyenne by 5 p.m. April 1. For students, all entries must be submitted by their art teacher.

“Every year we’re amazed by the skill of the artists who submit artwork to the contest and we’re excited to see each artist’s representation of nature’s ecosystem engineers as the Conservation Stamp Art Show approaches its 40th year,” said Chris Martin, Game and Fish visual communications supervisor and coordinator of this year’s contest.

In the adult category, a prize of $3,500 will be awarded to the winner. Students and their teachers who win first through third place will win cash prizes.

More information on the rules is available here.

Game and Fish will announce the winners and honorable mentions of both contests with an online event on April 28.