2011 Georgia Junior Duck Stamp Student Art Competition Winners Chosen Today!
April 4, 2011
"A Pair of Dabblers," original art by Colin Williams.
Colin Williams at his home in Savannah, GA. Photo credit: Robin B. Williams.
The five judges stand proudly with Colin's winning artwork. Photo: USFWS.
Colin Williams, a 16-year-old artist from Savannah, GA, is the winner of the 2011 Georgia Junior Duck Stamp Art Competition held today, in Atlanta, Georgia. Five judges unanimously selected Colin’s acrylic rendition of a Northern Shoveler out of 671 entries as the Georgia Best of Show.
Colin 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, Colin’s artwork will be entered in the federal competition scheduled on Friday, April 15, at John Heinz National Wildlife Refuge in Philadelphia, PA.
Colin has entered the contest for several years and in fact, was the Best of Show winner for Georgia last year! Colin picked the Northern Shoveler after researching what artwork has won in the past and said he chose this species because, “It winters in Georgia and the east coast and seems to be a duck that is underrepresented by the Duck Stamp Program.”
After the decision on the species Colin worked on the artwork for two weeks straight making sure to be as accurate as possible on the anatomy and the details of the duck.
“I am really happy that I won again this year and worked really hard on completing the artwork," Colin said. "I look forward to advancing to the national competition.”
This year, Junior Duck Stamp entries were submitted from 32 public and private schools, home schools, art studios, and after-school programs throughout the state. Colin’s winning entry was submitted through teacher Steve Schetski of Savannah Arts Academy.
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 25 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; Cindy Fury, Project Leader Florida/Caribbean Field Office, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service; Shari Zellers, award-winning Atlanta professional photographer; Tony Dodd, Environmental Affairs, Georgia Power, long-time sponsors of the Georgia Junior Duck program; and Mark Musaus, deputy regional director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Southeast Region.
Prizes and ribbons are also being given for the best student conservation message expressing 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 17 year-old Rhoxie Ellard, a home school student from Roswell, GA:
“The steps we take in life leave imprints, what will yours look like?”
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. For further information about the Junior Duck Stamp contest or the Fish and Wildlife Service, please contact Resee Collins in the Division of Migratory Birds, (404) 679-4163 or by e-mail at FW4GAJuniorDuck@fws.gov.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/