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Illinois and Ohio Youth Place First and Third in National Junior Duck Stamp Contest
Winning Entry by Abraham Hunter of Illinois
Two young artists from the Midwest placed first and third today in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s 2011 National Junior Duck Stamp Art and Design Contest.
An acrylic painting of a pair of ring-necked ducks by 17-year-old Abraham Hunter of Vienna, Ill., was chosen by a panel of judges at the national Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest, held at the John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Philadelphia. Hunter’s artwork was judged the winner among Best-of-Show entries from all 50 states and the U.S. Virgin Islands, and will appear on the 2011-2012 Federal Junior Duck Stamp.
Third place was awarded to Christine Clayton, 16, of Sidney, Ohio, for her acrylic rendition of a pair of wood ducks.
“Time and time again young artists from the Midwest Region have exceled through the Junior Duck Stamp Art and Design Program,” said Tom Melius, Midwest Regional Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “Congratulations to Abraham and Christine, and all of the other artists honored today for their creative talents and interest in conservation.”
Proceeds from sales of the Junior Duck Stamp, which the Fish and Wildlife Service sells for $5 to stamp collectors, conservationists and the public, support environmental and conservation education efforts, and awards for contest winners.
A gallery of all Best of Show entries can be found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwsnortheast/sets/72157626449011502/
The National Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest is the culmination of a year-long Junior Duck Stamp conservation curriculum used by K-12 educators across the nation. This year, more than 27,000 Junior Duck Stamp design entries were entered in state competitions held from February until mid-April.
The Junior Duck Stamp Contest winner receives a $5,000 cash award. The second place winner receives $3,000, the third-place winner receives $2,000, and the Conservation Message winner receives $500.
Judges for this year's national Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest were Marvin Moriarty, regional director for the Fish and Wildlife Service’s Northeast Region; Clark Weaver, who won the Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest in 1994 and 1996; Valerie Peckham, conservation program manager at the Philadelphia Zoo; and Bill Stewart, conservation committee chair for the Delmarva Ornithological Society; and Steve Oliver, a Pennsylvania wildlife artist.
The First Day of Sale Ceremony for the 2011-2012 Federal and Junior Duck Stamps will be held on June 24 at the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World at the Katy Mills Shopping Center in Katy, Texas. It is free and open to the public. Both the Federal and Junior Duck Stamp artists will be available to sign stamps at this event, and the U.S. Postal Service will have a special cancellation for collectors.
For more information and a complete list of images and contest results, please see the Junior Duck Stamp Program's home page at http://www.fws.gov/juniorduck. The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service is both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit http://www.fws.gov
3rd Place Jr Duck Stamp entry by Ohio Youth Artist Christine Clayton
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