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Jim Hautman Wins Federal Duck Stamp Contest
Fifth Win for Minnesota Artist
James Hautman, an artist from Chaska, Minn., is the winner of the 2016 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest. The announcement was made today by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Deputy Director Steve Guertin at the annual contest, held at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia.
Hautman's acrylic painting of Canada geese will be made into the 2017-2018 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, or "Duck Stamp," which will go on sale in late June 2017. This is Hautman's fifth Federal Duck Stamp Contest win, tying him with his brother Joseph, whose art appears on the 2016-2017 Federal Duck Stamp.
James Hautman's art previously appeared on the 1991-1992, 1995-1996, 1999-2000 and 2011-2012 Federal Duck Stamps. The Service produces the Federal Duck Stamp, which sells for $25 and raises about $25 million each year to conserve and protect wetland habitats in the National Wildlife Refuge System for the benefit of wildlife and the enjoyment of people.
Rebekah Knight of Appleton City, Mo., placed second with her acrylic painting of a single brant. Knight previously won the National Junior Duck Stamp Contest; her redhead appeared on the 2006-2007 Junior Duck Stamp.
The third place winner is Robert Hautman of Delano, Minn., with his acrylic painting of a pair of Canada geese. Hautman, brother of James and Joseph, previously won the 1997-1998 and 2001-2002. Learn More
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Virginia youth takes top honors at national junior duck stamp contest
A pair of Trumpeter swan was selected to appear on the 2017-2018 Federal Junior Duck Stamp. The design for the new stamp, painted by Isaac Schreiber, 12, of Duffield, VA, was chosen by a panel of judges at the national Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest, held April 21 at Charleston Music Hall in Charleston, S.C.
The stamp featuring Schreiber's design will go on sale in June. Junior Duck Stamps, which sell for $5, raise money for environmental education programs.
California Youth Wins 2016 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Competition
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced (April 22) that artwork of a pair of snow geese was selected to appear on the 2016-2017 Federal Junior Duck Stamp. The design for the new stamp, painted by Stacy Shen, 16, of Fremont, Calif., was chosen by a panel of judges at the national Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest, held at J.N. “Ding” Darling National Wildlife Refuge in Sanibel, Fla.
The colored pencil entry, which won the California State Junior Duck Stamp Contest, was judged the winner among best-of-show entries from all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. This year, 27,192 entries were submitted to the 52 state and territory Junior Duck Stamp contests. Proceeds from sales of the $5 Junior Duck Stamp support environmental education.
“I congratulate our winning artist and all the talented young people who participate in the Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program each year,” said Service Director Dan Ashe. “As urbanization accelerates, many Americans, including many young people, find it increasingly difficult to experience nature. The Junior Duck Stamp Program remains one of the Service’s hallmark efforts to engage youth and foster a lifelong connection with the outdoors.”
Sarah Clayton, 18, of Sidney, Ohio, took second place with an oil painting depicting a pair of ring-necked ducks.
Third place went to Chase Mascaro, 16, of Slidell, La., for his rendition of a pair of hooded mergansers.
The 2016 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation Message Contest winner was 18-year-old Cassidy Fulton of Valley City, N.D., who wrote: “Our Environment, Our Responsibility, Our Future.”
For complete contest results, go to the Junior Duck Stamp Program's website at http://www.fws.gov/birds/education/junior-duck-stamp-conservation-program.php
A gallery of all state Best of Show entries can be found at https://flic.kr/s/aHskv8LG31.
The Junior Duck Stamp Contest winner receives $1,000. The second place winner receives $500, the third-place winner receives $200 and the Conservation Message winner receives $200. The winners were selected by a panel of five judges.
The First Day of Sale Ceremony for the 2016-2017 Federal and Junior duck stamps will be held June 24, 2016, at Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Springfield, Mo. It is free and open to the public. Both the Federal and Junior duck stamp artists will be available to sign stamps, and the U.S. Postal Service will have a special cancellation for collectors.
The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest is the culmination of a year-long Junior Duck Stamp conservation program used by educators across the nation. The program’s Educators Guide and Youth Guide provide 10 lesson plans with exercises and activities focusing on conservation science, our changing natural world, and fun. Supplemental guides focus on homeschools and informal education settings such as nature centers, national wildlife refuges and after-school programs. The curriculum guides are available at http://www.fws.gov/birds/education/junior-duck-stamp-conservation-program.php
South Dakota Artist Adam Grimm Wins 2013 Federal Duck Stamp Contest
Adam Grimm, an Ohio native who now lives in Burbank, S.D., is the winner of the 2013 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest. The announcement was made by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Deputy Director Rowan Gould at the Maumee Bay State Park and Conference Center in Oregon, Ohio, during the annual art contest – the only juried art competition sponsored by the federal government.
This is Grimm’s second Federal Duck Stamp Contest win. His art previously appeared on the 2000-2001 Federal Duck Stamp.
Grimm’s oil painting of a canvasback will be made into the 2014-2015 Federal Duck Stamp, which will go on sale in late June 2014. The Service produces the Federal Duck Stamp, which sells for $15 and raises about $25 million each year to provide critical funds to conserve and protect wetland habitats in the National Wildlife Refuge System for the benefit of wildlife and the enjoyment of people.
Hoyt Smith, of Tulsa, Okla., placed second with acrylic painting of a single cinnamon teal.
Ron Louque, of Charlottesville, Va., took third place with his acrylic painting of a trio of canvasbacks.
Louque previously won the Federal Duck Stamp Contest. His art previously appeared on the 2003-2004 Federal Duck Stamp.
Of 202 entries in this year’s two-day competition, 16 entries made it through to the final round of judging. Eligible species for this year’s Federal Duck Stamp Contest were the blue-winged teal, canvasback, cinnamon teal, gadwall and mallard.
"I congratulate Adam on his Federal Duck Stamp Contest win, and I look forward to seeing this beautiful artwork adorning the 81st Federal Duck Stamp,” said Gould. “I appreciate all the artists who entered this year and everyone else who supports the Federal Duck Stamp - one of our nation’s most enduring and successful conservation programs.”
“For eight decades, hunters, birders and millions of other people who purchase Federal Duck Stamps have made a direct contribution to wildlife conservation through the protection of wetland habitats,” said Jerome Ford, the Service’s Assistant Director for Migratory Birds. “Our nation’s birds and other wildlife – and people, too – thank everyone who ‘puts their stamp on conservation’ by buying Duck Stamps.”
The judges for this year’s Federal Duck Stamp Contest were: Douglas Brinkley, a best-selling author of books about U.S. conservation history; John Cornely, a retired Fish and Wildlife Service waterfowl biologist and manager; Mamie Parker, a retired Fish and Wildlife Service regional director; John Ruthven, an Ohio native and wildlife artist whose work appeared on the 1960-61 Federal Duck Stamp; and Charles “Chad” Snee, a philatelist and the associate editor of *Linn’s Stamp News*. The alternate judge was Gloria Erickson, an outdoorswoman, conservationist and rancher from Nebraska.
Waterfowl hunters age 16 and older are required to purchase and carry the current Migratory Bird Conservation and Hunting Stamp – commonly known as the Duck Stamp. Conservationists, stamp collectors and others may also purchase the stamp in support of habitat conservation. A current Duck Stamp can also be used for free admission to any national wildlife refuge open to the public.
Ninety-eight percent of the proceeds from sale of the $15 Federal Duck Stamp go to the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund, which supports the purchase of migratory bird habitat for inclusion into the National Wildlife Refuge System. You can buy Federal Duck Stamps at many national wildlife refuges, the U.S. Postal Service or online at http://www.fws.gov/duckstamps/stamps.htm
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Minnetonka artist wins duck stamp competition
A northern pintail, painted by David Chapman of Minnetonka, will be featured on the 2013 Minnesota Migratory Waterfowl Stamp.
Chapman’s winning design for the state duck stamp was chosen from among 18 entries in the stamp contest sponsored by the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR). He won the 2005 Minnesota Duck Stamp contest with his painting of a white-winged scoter.
Other finalists were Steven Trofka of Maple Grove, second place; Don Walvatne of Minneapolis, third place; and Mark Thone of Shakopee, fourth place.
Judges for the contest were Mitch Boyum, a DNR conservation officer; Brad Nylin, Minnesota Waterfowl Association; Paul Richert, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Nick Ronning, outdoor writer; and Greg Berg, Custom Art Concepts. The $7.50 Duck Stamp is required of all Minnesota waterfowl hunters ages 18 through 64. Stamp sales generate about $700,000 per year for waterfowl habitat enhancement projects on state wildlife management areas and shallow lakes.
The DNR offers no prizes for the stamp contest winner, but the winning artist retains the right to reproduce the work. Each year the entries are limited to a predetermined species that breeds in or migrates through Minnesota. The eligible species for the 2014 stamp design will be the Canada goose.
Minnesota Artist Joseph Hautman Wins Federal Duck Stamp Contest
Joseph Hautman, an artist from Plymouth, Minn., is the winner of the 2011 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest. The announcement was made Oct. 29, 2011 by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Director Dan Ashe at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, W. Va., during the annual art competition.
1st place, number 103 (single wood duck)
Joseph Hautman of Plymouth, Minnesota
This is Hautman’s fourth Federal Duck Stamp Contest win. His art previously appeared on the 1992-1993, 2002-2003 and 2008-2009 Federal Duck Stamps. Hautman’s acrylic painting of a single wood duck will be made into the 2012-2013 Federal Duck Stamp, which will go on sale in late June 2012. The Service produces the Federal Duck Stamp, which sells for $15 and raises about $25 million each year to provide critical funds for conserving wetlands for the benefit of wildlife and the enjoyment of people.
Of 190 entries in this year’s two-day competition, 32 entries made it through to the final round of judging. Adam Grimm of Burbank, S.D., placed second with his oil painting of a single gadwall. Grimm is also a previous Federal Duck Stamp Contest winner. His art appeared on the 2000-2001 Federal Duck Stamp.
2nd place, number 117 (single gadwall)
Adam Grimm, Burbank, South Dakota
3rd place, number 60 (pair of mallards)
Richard Clifton of Milford, Delaware
Richard Clifton of Milford, Del., took third place with an acrylic painting of a pair of mallards. Clifton won the 2006 Federal Duck Stamp Contest and his winning art appeared on the 2007-2008 Federal Duck Stamp. "I wasn’t too nervous to begin with," said Hautman. “But as soon as my brother- Bob’s painting went out, I started wanting to win.”
Hautman’s brother Bob has won the Federal Duck Stamp twice previously, in 1996 and 2000. Their brother Jim is the current Federal Duck Stamp artist, having won the 2010 contest and three previous contests. Among them, the three brothers have won the contest 10 times.
"My sincerest congratulations to Joe Hautman on his win, and to all of the artists who entered this year,” said Dan Ashe, the Service’s Director. “The Federal Duck Stamp Contest is a time-honored tradition, and the dedication of wildlife artists to the contest and the stamp’s conservation mission spans generations. This year we saw the oldest contest entrant – a veteran wildlife artist -- as well as the youngest entrant, a young woman of just 19 years old.
“The stamp itself is widely known as one of this nation’s most successful and effective conservation programs,” said Assistant Director Jerome Ford of the Service’s Migratory Bird Program. “This connection of generations through the traditions of wildlife art and conservation is what makes the Federal Duck Stamp Program so successful.”
This year's five-judge panel included Ira Cotton, a stamp collector (philatelist) and philatelic journalist; H. Dale Hall, a former Service Director and current CEO of Ducks Unlimited, Inc.; Gary Kramer, an award-winning freelance outdoor writer and photographer; John Neal Mullican, a sculptor whose works have been displayed in the United States and abroad; and Lynn Scarlett, former Deputy Interior Secretary and a visiting scholar and co-director at the Center for the Management of Ecological Wealth at Resources for the Future. The alternate judge was Christine Thomas, dean and professor of resource management at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point College of Natural Resources.
Waterfowl hunters age 16 and older are required to purchase and carry the current Migratory Bird Conservation and Hunting Stamp – commonly known as the Duck Stamp. Conservationists, stamp collectors and others must also purchase the stamp in support of habitat conservation.
Ninety-eight percent of the proceeds from the $15 Duck Stamp go to the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund, which supports the purchase of acres of wetlands for inclusion into the National Wildlife Refuge System.
Since 1934, sales of Federal Duck Stamps have helped to purchase nearly six million acres of wildlife habitat for the Refuge System. To date, Duck Stamp funds have been used to acquire habitat at hundreds of refuges in nearly every state. There are 555 national wildlife refuges spread across all 50 states and U.S. territories. A current Duck Stamp may also be used for free admission to any national wildlife refuge open to the public. Refuges offer unparalleled recreational opportunities, including hunting, fishing, bird watching and photography.
Eligible species for this year’s Federal Duck Stamp Contest were the blue-winged teal, cinnamon teal, gadwall, mallard and wood duck.
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