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 its 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 current edition, visit WVdnr.gov/wildlife-calendar.


Paintings sent for consideration must be original color paintings on canvas or another flat surface and depict native game and fish species or other wildlife found in West Virginia, such as snakes, frogs, turtles, salamanders, bats, songbirds, small mammals and nongame fish. Photographs and paintings with wildlife not found in West Virginia will not be considered. Paintings depicting hunting or fishing activities may be submitted.

The calendar is horizontal and 14.5 inches by 11.5 inches. Paintings will be chosen based on overall composition, quality and anatomical and contextual accuracy.

Submission Due Date

The submission due date is Feb. 14, 2024 if you want your painting to be considered for the 2025 West Virginia Wildlife Calendar.


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 of at least 300dpi may be emailed to Sanya.D.George@wv.gov. Artists with questions about the calendar may call 304-637-0245.

Submit Your Artwork Today!

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