Student Wildlife Art Contest Entries for the Junior Duck Stamp Competition Due March 14th
2008 Georgia Junior Duck Contest Best of Show, by Soo Kim, Collins Hill High School, Suwanee, Ga. selected from 591 statewide contest entries. Credit: Garry Tucker, USFWS
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
February 17, 2009
Resee Collins, 404/679-7051
Tom MacKenzie, 404/679-7291 -- Tom_MacKenzie@fws.gov
Aspiring Artists: Pick a Duck!
Attention aspiring young artists: This is your chance to have fun, draw, paint, or sketch while learning about wildlife. The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now accepting student entries for the 2009 Junior Duck Stamp competition.
“This contest is a really neat way for kids to learn about wildlife, art, biology, and ducks and other waterfowl in particular,” said Resee Collins, Junior Duck Stamp Coordinator for the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service contest here in Georgia. “I love seeing all levels of the contest, from those cute first grader versions, to the stunningly gorgeous entries by the talented kids of Georgia.”
The Georgia Junior Duck Stamp competition will recognize Georgia’s top student waterfowl artists. Public, private, home-schooled, and art studio students from kindergarten through high school will compete for recognition, prizes, and scholarships in an activity that promotes the conservation of America’s wetlands and waterfowl habitat.
Don’t delay! All entries must be postmarked by midnight March 14, 2009.
For 2009 contest information, rules, eligible species, entry requirements, entry forms, and waterfowl curriculum, visit http://www.fws.gov/juniorduck/.
Last year, more than 500 Georgia kids entered to compete for these top honors. Teachers can use an integrated science and art curriculum provided by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, found at http://www.fws.gov/juniorduck/pdf/CurriculumGuide.pdf
The 2009 Georgia contest judging will happen on Tuesday, March 31, 2009, at the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Southeast Regional Office in Atlanta. 100 winners and one Best-of-Show will be selected from the four different age groups. The Best-of-Show will win nearly $500 in cash and gift certificates and compete nationally in Washington D.C. All winners will get various prizes from art supplies to wildlife books.
Everyone who submits an entry earns a certificate of appreciation.
Teachers can win prizes too, like posters or books, to help promote the contest, as well as highlight wildlife education in their classrooms and media centers.
The national Junior Duck Stamp Contest winner receives a free trip to Washington, D.C., along with their art teacher, a parent, and the state coordinator, honored during a “First Day of Sale” ceremony held in June. The first place winner receives a $5,000 award. The second place winner receives $3,000 and the third place winner receives $2,000.
The winning art of the national contest is then placed on the Federal Junior Duck Stamp for 2009, sold by the U.S. Postal Service for $5 per stamp. Proceeds from the sale of Junior Duck Stamps support conservation education and provide awards and scholarships for the students, teachers, and schools that participate in the program.
The Georgia 2009 winning artwork will tour the state of Georgia on public exhibit at venues in Callaway Gardens in Pine Mountain, Elachee Nature Center in Gainesville, Oatland Island Education Center in Savannah, and the Macon Museum of Arts and Sciences.
Each participating artist/student needs to research, and then artistically portray, a duck, goose, or other waterfowl species native to North America on paper. All artwork submitted must be an original 9” x 12” horizontal image of North American ducks, geese or swans. For a list of eligible waterfowl species, visit http://www.fws.gov/juniorduck/ArtContest.htm#eligiblespecies .
All artwork with an attached official entry form should be mailed to the Georgia Junior Duck Stamp Program, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 1875 Century Boulevard, Suite 240, Atlanta, Georgia, 30345. To be eligible, they must be postmarked by midnight March 15, 2009. For more information, please contact Resee Collins, Georgia Coordinator, at (404) 679-7051 Resee_Collins@fws.gov, or download the entry application at http://www.fws.gov/juniorduck/pdf/EntryForm2009.pdf .
Georgia’s Junior Duck Stamp competition is part of the Federal Junior Duck Stamp competition, authorized by Congress in 1994 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. For more information about the Junior Duck Stamp Program, visit the website at http://www.fws.gov/juniorduck/
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal Federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting and enhancing fish, wildlife and plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. Visit the Service’s website at http://www.fws.gov or http://www.fws.gov/southeast/.
For further information about the Junior Duck Stamp contest or the Fish and Wildlife Service, please contact Resee Collins at (404) 679-7051, or e-mail Resee_Collins@fws.gov.
Podcast with Resee Collins Interview available at: http://www.fws.gov/southeast/video/