FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
December 5, 2000
Tom MacKenzie, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (404) 679-7291
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is accepting entries for the 2001 Georgia Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest. The Georgia Junior Duck Stamp competition recognizes Georgia's top student waterfowl artists. Public, private and home schooled students in grades K through 12 are eligible to submit their artwork until January 17, 2001.
Each year, hundreds of Georgia students compete to win top honors. The contest judging will be held at the end of January, when First, Second, Third and Honorable Mention will be selected from four age categories: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. A Georgia Best of Show will also be selected. The Georgia Best of Show winner will receive a VIP tour to one of the 11 National Wildlife Refuges in Georgia. The Georgia Best of Show entry will also be sent to Washington, D.C. to compete for the national First, Second, and Third Place prize. The national First Place entry will be used as the image on the Federal Junior Duck Stamp, and the winning artist will receive $2,500 and a trip to Washington, D.C.
Students, parents and teachers should note that Georgia's 2001 contest entry deadline is earlier than in previous years. The earlier deadline will allow the 2001 contest winners to be displayed at the Georgia Wildlife Federation's Fisharama and State Duck Calling Contest February 2-4, 2001 at the Atlanta Exposition Center. The Georgia Best of Show will be announced at 3:00 p.m. on February 4.
The winning entries are displayed in several locations around the State each year. Currently, the First, Second and Third Place 2000 contest winners can be viewed at Bass Pro Shops in Duluth. Georgia's Junior Duck Stamp competition is part of the Federal Junior Duck Stamp competition, authorized by the U.S. Congress in 1994. The purpose of the Junior Duck Stamp contest is to promote conservation of wetlands and waterfowl habitat through arts education. The Junior Duck Stamp is modeled after the Federal Duck Stamp, which has been sold since 1934 to raise money to protect wetlands and waterfowl habitat. All artwork must be a 9" by 12" horizontal image of North American ducks, geese, or swans. Loons and mute swans are not eligible. Entries must be submitted with an official entry form, and postmarked by January 17, 2001.
Entries should be mailed to: Georgia Junior Duck Stamp Coordinators, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 247 South Milledge Avenue, Athens, Georgia 30605. Additional information about the contest rules and the official entry form are available by calling (706) 613-9493.
Federal Junior Duck Stamps may be purchased for $5 plus shipping and handling by calling (202) 208-4353.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish and wildlife and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 93-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System comprised of more than 500 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands, and other special management areas. It also operates 66 national fish hatcheries, 64 fish and wildlife management offices, and 78 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces Federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.
Editor's Note: Digital images of the 2000 contest winners are available.
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