BOUNTIFUL — Students from kindergarten through high school are invited to submit artwork featuring endangered species for a national art contest sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
Artwork of land- or ocean-dwelling creatures that are endangered, from mammals and birds to insects and plants, can be submitted to the contest, which is held to commemorate the 40th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act.
Since 2006, the nation has celebrated Endangered Species Day, and the art contest provides an opportunity for students to learn about threatened and endangered species and express their knowledge and support through artwork, according to a press release.
Judges for the contest include renowned marine-life artist Wyland, television host Jack Hanna, Smithsonian illustrator Alice Tangerini and photographers David Littschwager and Susan Middleton.
Winners will be chosen in four categories and the top 40 semifinalists will receive plaques and art supplies. One grand-prize winner and his or her guardian will earn a round-trip flight to Washington, D.C. to attend a reception in May.
The deadline for entries is March 15. More information and an entry form is available at endangeredspeciesday.org.