Pacific Southwest Region
California, Nevada and Klamath Basin

2013 California Junior Duck Stamp Winners Announced

Mar 29, 2013

Contact: Lora Haller, 530-934-2801

2013 California Junior Duck Stamp Winners Announced

Artwork from over 4,003 school-aged waterfowl artists throughout the state was judged during the 23rd Annual California Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest in Willows, on Thursday, March 28. In California, the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program is facilitated by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s (USFWS) Sacramento National Wildlife Refuge Complex (NWRC).

A panel of 10 judges was tasked with selecting 100 winners. The artwork was judged in four age groups: grades K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. From these groups, three first, three second, three third place, and 16 honorable mention winners were chosen. Winning designs receive ribbons and all entrants will receive a certificate of appreciation and awards.

One art design earned the distinguished title of California’s Best of Show, which was a pair of red-breasted mergansers called “Just Passing Through” by Ariana Chen, age 14 from Fremont and attending Peng Art Studio. Her artwork will be submitted to Washington, DC, to compete with the other states’ Best of Show winners during the National Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest on April 19, 2013. The national winner’s design will be made into the 2013-2014 Federal Junior Duck Stamp.

In addition, three conservation messages from each age group were selected to receive awards. These messages were submitted on the artwork entry form and judged for originality, understanding of wetland and waterfowl conservation, and inspiration. All 100 winning artwork entries and 12 winning conservation messages will be on display throughout the year at various California events.

During the judging, people commented passionately about the generous and supportive partnerships among the organizations that provide the funding and manpower to make this program so successful. The 2013 judges included: Ren Lohoefener, USFWS Pacific Southwest Regional Director; Bart McDermott, USFWS Stone Lakes NWR Refuge Manager; Ann Morkill, USFWS San Francisco Bay NWRC Project Leader; Miriam Morrill, USFWS Fire Management Specialist; John Carlson Jr., California Waterfowl CEO/President; Sylvia Done, California Waterfowl Assistant Vice-President of Fund and Development; Bob Shaffer, Central Valley Joint Venture Coordinator; Rich Radigonda, artist; Kateryna Elson, artist; and Greg Mensik, former USFWS Sacramento NWRC Deputy Project Leader.

Volunteers from the Sacramento NWRC, California Waterfowl, and other partner organizations worked on the daunting task of laying out all the artwork, tallying scores, and recording the 100 winners. Additional major sponsors for the program include the California Rice Commission, California Department of Water Resources, and other federal, state, private, and non-profit environmental conservation and education agencies.

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