If you’re an artist who’s painted popular game or fish species or other West Virginia wildlife such as snakes, frogs, turtles, salamanders, bats, songbirds, small mammals or non-game fish, the WVDNR is seeking artwork for next year’s calendar and offering cash prizes to any artist whose work gets selected.

Each year, the WVDNR selects 12 paintings to be featured in this award-winning calendar, which also includes brief descriptions of each animal, fishing facts, tips for enjoying the outdoors and articles about WVDNR projects.

For more information about the West Virginia Wildlife Calendar or to purchase the 2022 edition, visit WVdnr.gov/wildlife-calendar.


Paintings sent for consideration 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 and 14.5 inches by 11.5 inches. It’s printed at 300dpi. Artists should consider this when choosing paintings to send. Paintings will be chosen based on overall composition, quality and anatomical and contextual accuracy.


The deadline to send a painting and have it considered for the 2023 Wildlife Calendar is Feb. 18, 2022.


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

How To Send Art

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 the following address:

WV Division of Natural Resources
Wildlife Calendar Art
P.O. Box 67
Elkins, WV, 26241

Digital copies of paintings are also accepted and should be emailed to Sanya.D.Zickefoose@wv.gov. If you have questions about the calendar or how to send art, call 304-637-0245.

Send Your Wildlife Art

Your art could be featured in the next edition of the award-winning West Virginia Wildlife Calendar. Submit your paintings today!