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West Virginia Division of Natural Resources accepting art for wildlife calendar

ELKINS — The West Virginia Division of Natural Resources is accepting entries of wildlife paintings from artists until Feb. 18 for its West Virginia Wildlife Calendar.

“This calendar offers a wonderful opportunity for artists to feature their work,” Wildlife Resources Section Chief Paul Johansen said. “Not only are our calendars popular here in West Virginia, they are enjoyed by people all over the United States.”

The division each year 12 paintings for the award-winning calendar. All artists, especially those from West Virginia, are encouraged to submit their work.

A $200 prize is awarded for each chosen painting. The artist whose artwork is selected for the cover receives an additional $500.

Among the guidelines, paintings must depict game and fish species or other wildlife found in West Virginia, such as snakes, frogs, turtles, salamanders, bats, songbirds, small mammals and nongame fish. Paintings with wildlife not found in West Virginia will not be considered.

The calendar is horizontal,14.5-by-11.5 inches and is printed at 300dpi. Artists should consider this when choosing paintings to send.

Paintings are chosen based on composition, quality and anatomical and contextual accuracy.

The instructions for submitting artwork is on the entry form available at WVdnr.gov/wildlifecalendar. Artists may send multiple paintings and artwork not chosen in previous years may be resubmitted.

Artists who want to send art should mail a high resolution copy to:

WV Division of Natural Resources

Wildlife Calendar Art

P.O. Box 67

Elkins, WV, 26241

Digital copies of paintings also are accepted and should be emailed to Sanya.D.Zickefoose@wv.gov. For more information, call 304-637-0245.

For more information about the calendar or to purchase the 2022 edition, go to WVdnr.gov/wildlifecalendar.

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