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12th Annual Kids' Fish Art Contest Winners Announced

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12th Annual Kids' Fish Art Contest Winners Announced

Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry

The Fish Art Contest provides participants with an opportunity to learn about the variety of species of fish found in Ontario. This year there were 410 entries from across the province.

This year's winners, announced at the Toronto Sportsmen's Show, are:

  • Charisse Fung from Markham: overall winner and winner for the grade 10 to 12 category. 
  • Aaminah Kidwai from Mississauga: winner of the grade 4 to 6 category.
  • Olivia Symons from Kingsville: winner of the grade 7 to 9 category.

Each winner will have their art featured on three different versions of the 2015 Young Angler's Licence, a free fishing licence for youth under the age of 18.

Winners will also receive classroom supplies donated by Staedtler-Mars and a complete set of fishing gear donated by Lucky Strike Bait Works.

As the overall winner, Charisse will also receive a three-day fishing excursion provided by Pine Portage Lodge and a day of fishing with Canadian Sportfishing television show host Italo Labignan.

Quick Facts

  • The Fish Art contest is open to Ontario students in grades 4 to 12.
  • The bowfin, featured in this year’s winning drawings, lives in swampy, vegetated bays of warm lakes and rivers in southern Ontario.
  • The Fish Guide provides advice on eating fish from more than 2,300 locations in Ontario. The online interactive map is easy and fast to use.

Additional Resources


“I’d like to congratulate all the winners and thank all the students that entered the contest. The 12th Annual Fish Art Contest isn’t just an opportunity for these talented students to display their artistic abilities but also an opportunity for them to learn about Ontario’s fish species, their habitats and conservation measures that protect them.”

Bill Mauro

Minister of Natural Resources and Forestry

“I’m glad that the Annual Kids’ Fish Art Contest continues to give children the opportunity to express their creativity while learning about fish found here in Ontario. I hope this contest inspires participants to learn more about our wildlife and explore everything this great province has to offer.”

Michael Coteau

Minister of Tourism, Culture and Sport

“Introducing children to Ontario's underwater world via the Kids’ Fish Art Contest is a great way to initiate conservation and respect for the species and natural resources that lay beneath the waters of this great province of Ontario.”

Walter Oster

chairman and CEO of the Canadian National Sportsmen's Shows

“We at the OFAH know the future health of Ontario’s fish and wildlife depends on educating today’s youth about conservation and the outdoors. This fun and creative contest does just that by teaching youth about Ontario’s fish species, while enhancing their appreciation for the outdoors and instilling a lifelong dedication to conservation.”

Angelo Lombardo

executive director, Ontario Federation of Anglers and Hunters

Media Contacts

  • Media calls only: Todd Lane

    Minister’s Office


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    Communications Services Branch




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