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What's your best Utah wildlife story?

Do you have a great Utah wildlife memory or story? We'd love to hear it? How about grandpa or grandma? Do they have a good story. Click below for instructions to self-record a story to you phone and upload to the contest.

IDEAS TO GET STARTED

Any kind of wildlife-inspired work is eligible for the contest. If you don't quite know where to start, here's some prompts or ideas to get you started. If you are going to go outside to view wildlife, please ask/tell a parent and keep a safe distance from fast-moving water, or hazardous

 

1. What is your most memorable wildlife encounter in Utah. Describe it.  How did it make you feel?What did you learn? Now draw or paint that.

2. What is the best Utah wildlife story you've ever heard? Interview a parent or grandparent for their best story; get all the details. Either submit the audio recording in the digital storytelling category or write it down and submit it in the writing category.

3. If you could be any Utah wild animal, what would it be? Why? What would you do? How would you survive? Use your imagination to write a poem, story, or song lyrics about it.

 

4. Watch your local birds. How do they act with each other? What characteristics can you see? Make a bird mask out of cardboard, paper, glue and markers. 

 

5. If you live in a rural area, go outside and sit, wait, watch and listen. What animals do you see? Take photographs or video with a phone camera  or draw it.

6. If you live along the Wasatch Front, you can go into the nearby foothills or up a local canyon. Or, go to Tracy Aviary, or Red Butte Garden, or Hogle Zoo, or Ogden Nature Center, or Jordan River Parkway. Find somewhere quiet. Sit. Wait, watch and listen. Find inspiration. Translate what you felt or saw into a story or a painting. 

UTAH SPECIES

Bonneville cutthroat trout

Colorado River cutthroat trout

Yellowstone cutthroat trout

Bear River cutthroat trout

Mountain whitefish

Rocky Mountain Elk

Rocky Mountain bighorn sheep

Desert bighorn sheep

Brine shrimp

Shorebirds

Waterfowl

Raptors

Songbirds

Bison

Coyote

Mountain lion

Black bear

Pronghorn

Moose

Mule deer

Desert tortoise

Gila monster

Rattlesnake

Mountain goat

Condor

Gray fox

Skunk

Meadowlark

Canyon wren

Redtail hawk

Sage grouse

Bobcat

Pika

Cottontail rabbit

Pygmy rabbit

White-tailed jackrabbit

Black-tailed jackrabbit

Badger

Northern River otter

Ermine

Beaver

Porcupines

Marmot

Tiger salamander

Western Chorus frog

Northern leopard frog

Handmade Art (2-D & 3-D)

Utah's wildlife is inspiring to behold. We can't wait to see what kind of art Utahns make that is inspired by local species. Don't forget to spend extra time working on the details! This category includes drawing, painting, sculpture, ceramics, leatherwork, collage, masks, carved totems, etc.

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Photography

Taking a picture with a phone or DSLR camera is a great way to document and celebrate Utah wildlife. Submit it!  Photographs with minor coloring/shadow adjustments are allowed for this category. Images taken with a DSLR or phone camera are accepted in this category. Image files that have been digitally altered compositionally are not eligible for this category and must be submitted in digital art category.

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Writing/Stories

Tell us about your most memorable wildlife encounter. How did it make you feel? What did you learn?  Any kind of wildlife-related writing is accepted for this category, as long as it is original work. This includes  poetry, nonfiction, stories, a nature journal entry, or any other kind of wildlife-inspired written work.

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Music/Sound

This category includes any original written music or songs that are inspired by Utah wildlife. Written entries must include a recorded version of the piece. If you've written lyrics, but no music, please submit in writing category. This category also includes recorded audio of animal calls and spoken word storytelling.

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Videography

Have you witnessed some animals doing incredible things? Get it on video? Submit it to the contest! Any video clip or compilation of video clips are eligible for submission in this category. Video clips that are edited with added audio to tell a story, or include animation, should be submitted in the digital storytelling category.

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Digital Art

The digital art category includes any images that have created with aid from graphic design software (Photoshop, Illustrator, Procreate, etc.). If some processes used are handmade, but some part of the process utilizes software to create, it is digital art. Photographs that have been altered beyond color adjustments, etc. are also included in this category. AI-generated images are not allowed.

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Digital Storytelling

Digital Storytelling includes video, audio and/or animation files that have been edited together to tell a story about the wildlife of Utah.

MEDIA CATEGORIES

Digital category prizes funded through a Community Impact Grant from:  

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