Alabama artists should start making plans now to enter the 2008 Alabama Waterfowl Stamp art contest. The annual contest, sponsored by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division, is open to resident Alabama artists only. Entries will be accepted from Jan. 1- Feb. 15, 2008. The winning artwork will be used as the design for the 2009-10 Alabama Waterfowl Stamp which is required to be purchased when hunting migratory waterfowl.
“We encourage all Alabama artists to participate in this unique contest,” said Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division Director Corky Pugh. “Art teachers are also encouraged to make this a special project for their art students who can learn about wildlife and art simultaneously.”
Entries cannot 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 Canvasback (2006-07), Blue-winged Teal-(2007-08) and Hooded Merganser (2008-09) – depicted in the winning artwork of the three previous years’ contests – are not eligible as subjects for the 2009-10 stamp.
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.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Parks, State Lands, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries.