2010 Georgia Junior Duck Stamp Student Art Competition Winners Chosen Today!
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 30, 2010
Tom MacKenzie, 404/679-7291, Tom_MacKenzie@fws.gov
Resee Collins, 404/314-6526, Reese_collins@fws.gov
Colin Williams, a 15-year-old artist from Savannah, Georgia, has been announced as the winner of the 2010 statewide Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest held today, in Atlanta, Georgia. Five judges unanimously selected Williams’ acrylic paint rendition of a blue-winged teal out of 701 entries as the Georgia Best of Show.
Williams will receive a $250 scholarship from Georgia Power and more than $100 worth of art supplies and conservation education field guides. As Georgia’s Best of Show, William’s artwork has also been sent for the federal competition scheduled on Friday, April 23, at the Science Museum of Minnesota.
“Wow!” Williams exclaimed when Regional Director Cindy Dohner told him he won the “Best of Show” award for the State of Georgia.
“I researched and reviewed photos for two weeks,” he said. “It took five hours a day for about two weeks to paint it, and I got a late start.”
“I chose this duck because it flies through Georgia on the way to Mexico,” he said. “I’ve made five paintings with acrylics, but this is my first duck.”
It was also his first entry into the Junior Duck Stamp Contest.
This year, Junior Duck Stamp entries were submitted from 48 public and private schools, home schools, art studios, and after-school programs throughout the state. William’s winning entry was submitted through teacher Steve Schetski of Savannah Arts Academy in Savannah, Georgia.
A panel of distinguished judges selected for their expertise in artistic design, wildlife art, and waterfowl biology decided the winners of this year’s Georgia Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest. A total of 100 winners were selected, featuring twenty-five winners in each of four different age groups: Kindergarten to third grade, fourth to sixth grade, seventh to ninth grade and tenth to twelfth grade, as well as the state’s Best of Show.
This year’s esteemed judges featured: Greg Balkcom, expert waterfowl biologist with Georgia Department of Natural Resources; Terry Tatum, vice president of development, Georgia Wildlife Federation; Karen Legg, Art Director, Elachee Nature Center, Gainesville; Jim Candler, environmental affairs Supervisor, Georgia Power, long-time sponsors of the Georgia Junior Duck program; and Cindy Dohner, regional director, Southeast Region, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.
For a complete list of the 100 contest winners, please visit http://www.fws.gov/southeast/birds/jrduck_stamp.htm or contact Resee Collins in the Division of Migratory Birds, (404) 314-6526 or Resee_Collins@fws.gov.
Prizes and ribbons are also being given for the best student conservation message that expresses the spirit of what they learned while researching and planning for their Duck Stamp Contest artwork entry. This year’s winning conservation message was submitted by 9 year-old Will Newbury, George Walton Academy, Monroe, Georgia: “Land, water or air—for the ducks we should care!”
Junior Duck Stamps are sold by the U.S. Postal Service and Amplex Corporation consignees for $5 per stamp. Proceeds from the sale of Junior Duck Stamps support conservation education, and provide awards and scholarships for students, teachers, and schools that participate in the program.
The Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest is open to all youth in grades Kindergarten through twelfth grade. All participants receive a certificate of appreciation. To learn more about the Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest and to see digital images of the 2010 winning artwork (posted in May), visit the Service web site at http://www.fws.gov/southeast/birds/jrduck_stamp.htm
For further information about the Junior Duck Stamp contest or the Fish and Wildlife Service, please contact Resee Collins at (404) 314-6526, or e-mail Resee_Collins@fws.gov.