The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that a painting of snow geese by Peter Coulter 17, of Washington, Mo., has been named the winner of the 2013 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest.
Coulter’s acrylic painting of a pair of snow geese will appear on the 2013-2014 Junior Duck Stamp, which the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sells for $5 to raise funds for environmental education. The painting can be viewed at: http://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwshq/8646553086/in/set-72157633238798918
“On behalf of the Fish and Wildlife Service, I congratulate Peter on his excellent work, and look forward to seeing his art on the 2013-2014 Junior Duck Stamp,” said Steve Guertin, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s deputy director for policy, who served as one of the contest judges. “His art, and that of every one of the thousands of schoolchildren who participated in the Junior Duck Stamp Contest, is a testament to the beauty and wonder of the natural world we seek to conserve for future generations.”
The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest is the culmination of a year-long Junior Duck Stamp conservation program used by educators across the nation. This year, more than 29,000 students participated in state Junior Duck Stamp competitions.
Second place in the national Junior Duck Stamp Contest will be awarded to Drake Schlosser of Rubicon, Wis., for his acrylic painting of a single common goldeneye.
Jefferson Jones, 18, of Lehigh Acres, Fla., earned third place for his acrylic painting of a single ruddy duck.
The 2013 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation Message Contest winner was 11-year-old Samuel Lambert of Paducah, Ky., with his entry: “Nature is our history, conservation is our future.”
The Junior Duck Stamp Contest winner will receive a $5,000 scholarship. The second place winner will receive a $3,000 scholarship, the third-place winner will receive a $2,000 scholarship and the Conservation Message winner will receive a $500 scholarship.
The First Day of Sale Ceremony for the 2013-2014 Federal and Junior Duck Stamps will be held June 28, at the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Ashland, Va. It is free and open to the public. Both the Federal and Junior Duck Stamp artists will be available to sign stamps, and the U.S. Postal Service will have a special cancellation for collectors.
At the National Junior Duck Stamp Contest, held on April 19 in Shepherdstown, W. Va., a panel of five judges selected as the winner a painting of a single canvasback by a six year old from Burbank, S.D. Following the contest, concerns were raised by parents and teachers about the authenticity of the work. The Federal Duck Stamp Office investigated and learned that the painting had been transferred, which is inconsistent with the Junior Duck Stamp Contest rules. On the advice of the Department of the Interior’s Solicitor’s Office, that painting was disqualified and Coulter was named the contest winner.
For a complete contest results, go to the Junior Duck Stamp Program's website at www.fws.gov/juniorduck. A gallery of all state Best of Show entries can be found at http://www.flickr.com/photos/usfwshq/sets/72157633238798918/.
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