Imagine your wildlife art hanging on thousands of walls next year. That could happen if your painting of native fish, birds or animals is chosen for the 2020 West Virginia Wildlife Calendar.
Each year, the West Virginia Division of Natural Resources selects 12 paintings to include in its award-winning calendar, which also includes interesting animal facts and tips to help you enjoy the outdoors.
If you are a wildlife enthusiast and artist, you don’t want to miss this opportunity!
If you have a colorful rendering of a popular game or fish species, or other state wildlife such as snakes, frogs, turtles, salamanders, bats, songbirds, small mammals or nongame fish, please submit a high resolution copy to the following address: WV Division of Natural Resources, Wildlife Calendar Art, P.O. Box 67, Elkins, WV, 26241.
Electronic images also are accepted, and may be emailed to Jessica.N.Swecker@wv.gov.
Submissions are due by February 15, 2019.
The calendar format is horizontal at 14 1/2 inches by 11 1/2 inches. You should keep this ratio in mind when choosing paintings. Artists may send in multiple paintings. If you have questions, call 304-637-0245.
Paintings will be chosen based on overall composition, quality and anatomical and contextual accuracy. Selected paintings will be awarded $200, and the image selected for the cover will receive $500.
The current calendar is available at DNR district offices, card stores and convenience and drug stores throughout the state.
Proceeds from calendar sales help fund Wildlife Diversity Program projects, such as monitoring bird populations, providing educational materials to schools and printing wildlife publications.