Alabama Waterfowl Art Contest
Ross's Geese by Steven Burney
Alabama artists can celebrate the New Year by entering the 2013 Alabama Waterfowl Stamp art contest, which opens January 1, 2013. According to Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Acting Director Fred R. Harders, the winning artwork will be used as the design of the 2013-2014 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 February 22, 2013, 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.
Contest coordinator David C. Hayden, Assistant Chief of the Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries’ Wildlife Section, 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, Pintail, American Wigeon, and Ring-necked Duck—depicted in the winning artwork of three previous year’s contests—are not eligible as the subject for the 2014-2015 Waterfowl Stamp.
Hayden 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 David Hayden, Alabama Wildlife and Fisheries Division, 64 North Union Street, Room 584, Montgomery, Alabama 36130 (334/242-3469).