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The Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest is the culmination of the Junior Duck Stamp curriculum. After studying waterfowl anatomy and habitat students may articulate their newfound knowledge by drawing, painting or sketching a picture of any North American waterfowl species.
Junior Duck Stamps are sold for $5 each by the U.S. Postal Service, Amplex Corporation, and various National Wildlife Refuges. Proceeds from the sale of Junior Duck Stamps are returned to states for environmental and conservation education programs.
Who may participate?
Photographs taken by the student may be used as references in the development of the design. Computers or other mechanical devices may not be used in creating the art.
Air brush is permitted.
Entries are limited to the following species (except for entries from the U.S. Territories; they may include species of waterfowl that naturally occur in the specific territory)
Trumpeter Swan ● Tundra Swan ●Wood Duck ● Ruddy Duck ●Koloa
The U.S. Department of the Interior; U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service:
Has the right to destroy unclaimed artwork after one year; and
Has the right to disqualify any entry submitted into the Junior Duck Stamp Competition that has the appearance of a plagiarized submission.
Entries violating any of the rules will be automatically disqualified before the judging. Be sure to follow carefully all instructions; refer to the National Art Education Association's Statement on Involvement in Art Contests. Al entries must be original art work. Use resource files and reference materials inventively, incorporate borrowed motifs and published images abut modify and reinterpret them. Do not copy them literally. Resource materials may be observed and obtained in zoo, parks, museums, water refuges, golf courses' ponds, wetlands, taxidermist's mounts, wildlife magazines, National Geographic, video tapes, movies, slides, filmstrips, and libraries. Using sever different photographs and reference materials, plus incorporating ones own ideas so that the resulting stamp design is one which the student can truly call his/her own, is acceptable. As student might blend abstract techniques and naturalistic knowledge in a design which captures the essence of waterfowl and its habitat. Accidents in art such as split paint may be a way of stimulating creative solutions to artistic problems. Encourage students to develop creative and innovative results in their artwork.
Thank you for your interest in the Junior Duck Stamp Contest. The 2007 Contest Rules and Entry Form are available below. Please contact your state coordinator with any questions.
Entries must be postmarked to your state coordinator by March 15, 2007.*
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* Entries must be postmarked by midnight , March 15, 2007
* Send entries to your state’s JUNIOR DUCK STAMP STATE COORDINATOR
* For students attending military school abroad, send entry to state of U.S. residence State Coordinator.
* Entries may not be sent in with a mat, glass, frame, fixed cover sheet or border (chalk and pastel entries must be sprayed with a fixative).
*A loose cover sheet may be laid over the art face to protect it during shipping.
Entries must meet size requirements in order to qualify for the contest.
1. What are the permitted species?
2. Who do I send my entry to?
3. What are the awards?
Art Second Place: $3000 cash award
Conservation Message First Place: $500 cash award
Conservation Message Second Place: $300 cash award
Conservation Message Third Place: $200 cash award