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2014 Waterfowl Stamp Art Contest Opens January 1

December 23, 2013

Alabama artists are invited to enter the 2014 Alabama Waterfowl Stamp art contest, which opens January 1, 2014. The winning artwork will be used as the design of the 2015-2016 Alabama Waterfowl Stamp, which is required to be purchased when hunting migratory waterfowl. Entries will be accepted from January 1 - February 18, 2014. The competition is open to resident Alabama artists only. 
 
All eligible entries will be on display February 28, 2014, at the Richard Beard Building, 1445 Federal Dr., Montgomery, Ala., 36107. Following the showing, three judges from the fields of art, ornithology and wildlife conservation will select the winning waterfowl art. The public is invited to attend the judging.
 
“Like the federal waterfowl stamp, revenues from the sale of Alabama stamps are used to procure, establish or improve migratory waterfowl habitat,” said Keith Gauldin, contest coordinator for the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF). “We encourage all Alabama artists to participate in this unique contest.”
 
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 the three previous years contests -- are not eligible as the subject for the 2015-2016 Waterfowl Stamp.
 
The 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. Entries may be drawn or painted in any medium. Entries cannot exceed 9 by 12 inches (15 by 18 inches matted).
 
For contest information and entry forms, visit the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources website www.outdooralabama.com, or contact contest coordinator Keith Gauldin at 334-242-3469.
 
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 Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR, visit www.outdooralabama.com.  
 
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Photo: John Denney’s pair of pintail ducks won the 2014-2015 Alabama Waterfowl Stamp Art Contest. 


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