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Alabama Waterfowl Art Contest

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Waterfowl Stamp Art Contest Rules and Art Reproduction Rights Agreement (pdf)

The 2014 Alabama Waterfowl Stamp art contest opens January 1, 2014. The winning artwork will be used as the design of the 2015-2016 Alabama Waterfowl Stamp. The competition is open to resident Alabama artists only. Entries will be accepted from January 1 until the February 15 contest deadline.

Display of all entries, to which the public will be invited, will be held on February 28, 2014, at the Richard Beard Building in Montgomery. Following the showing, three judges from the fields of art, ornithology and wildlife conservation will select the winning waterfowl art.

Keith Gauldin, contest coordinator the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries’ Wildlife Divison, advises artists that entries must not exceed 9 by 12 inches (15 by 18 inches matted).  Only original horizontal artworks depicting a species of North American migratory duck or goose will be eligible. The Ring-necked Duck, Ross' Goose and Pintail—depicted in the winning artwork of three previous year’s contests—are not eligible as the subject for the 2015-2016 Waterfowl Stamp.

Gauldin says judging criteria will emphasize uncluttered design suitable for printing as a stamp, anatomical accuracy of the illustrated species, and artistic rendering. Close attention must be given to tone and detail, since those aspects are prerequisites for printing artwork as a stamp. Wing and feather construction must be particularly well defined.  Entrants may submit a painting or drawing; past contest entries have included works in oil, watercolor, acrylic and mixed media, all of which are eligible.

For contest information and entry forms, contact Keith Gauldin, Alabama Wildlife and Fisheries Division, 64 North Union Street, Room 584, Montgomery, Alabama 36130 (334-242-3469).

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