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Conservation Through The Arts
Maryland
Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program

2013 - 2014 Maryland Award Winner

Male hooded merganser by Michelle Hu


Anatol Liu of Potomac was judge Best of Show winner of the 2013-2014 Maryland Federal Junior Duck Stamp Competition.  Liu's superb acrylic painting of a pair of Tundra Swans, entitled “Lovers Upon A Pond,” was selected from more than 600 entries from this year's Maryland statewide contest.  Sixteen year old Liu takes lessons from Wantai Lu at the Hope Chinese School in Germantown.

Liu’s conservation message was also selected as Best of Show.  His simple and effective message read, “Conserve. It’s your own future you’re protecting.”

The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program, sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS), is an art and conservation program geared toward teaching children about the importance of wetlands and waterfowl conservation. 

The contest is open to students from kindergarten through twelfth grade in all the states, territories, and the District of Columbia.  Entries for each jurisdiction are judged separately.  The Best of Show winners from each state, territory, and the District go on to compete with each other to be selected for the Federal Junior Duck Stamp.  This national competition is held April 19, 2013 at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, WV. 

The panel of judges for this year's Maryland contest included: Jorge Coppen, National Coordinator, North American Waterfowl Management Plan, USFWS; Wil Goebel, winner of the 2012 Maryland Migratory Waterfowl Stamp Contest ; James Kinnett, Wildlife Artist and past winner of the Maryland Migratory Waterfowl Stamp; Peter Osenton, retired Wildlife Biologist, Patuxent Research Refuge, USGS; Dan Rauch, Wildlife Biologist specializing in ornithology, Division of Fisheries & Wildlife, District Department of the Environment.

The judges selected up to 25 winners in each of four age categories. The winners of both the Maryland and District of Columbia Federal Junior Duck Stamp Competitions will be honored at a joint awards ceremony on May 19 at the National Wildlife Visitor Center, located on the Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel, MD.  Winning entries will be on display at the Patuxent Research Refuge’s National Wildlife Visitor Center until the ceremony.  The  First, Second, and Third Place Maryland entries will then go on a statewide tour throughout the year. 


Duck Stamp logo For more information on the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program, visit www.fws.gov/juniorduck .

 


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