2013 Georgia Junior Duck Stamp Student Art Competition Winners
April 4, 2013
- Elsie Davis, 404/679-7107, Elsie_Davis@fws.gov
- Carmen Simonton, 404/679-7070, Carmen_Simonton@fws.gov
Best of Show artwork featuring a pair of mallards by Euna Oh. See full size.
Euna Oh, a 15-year-old artist from Marietta, Georgia, has been announced as the winner of the annual 2013 Georgia Junior Duck Stamp Art Competition held April 3, 2013, in Atlanta, Georgia. Five judges unanimously selected Euna’s acrylic rendition of a pair of mallards out of 619 total entries as the Georgia Best of Show.
Oh will receive a $175 scholarship from Georgia Power, a long-time sponsor of the Georgia Junior Duck Stamp Program, as well as additional prizes. As Georgia’s Best of Show, her original artwork will be sent to compete in the national Junior Duck Stamp Competition being held Friday, April 19, at the National Conservation Training Center in West Virginia. The Junior Duck Stamp Contest is sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).
“I’m so excited,” Euna Oh said. “My art teacher encouraged me to participate in the Georgia Junior Duck Stamp completion.”
This year, 619 Junior Duck Stamp entries were submitted from 24 different public and private schools, home schools, art studios, and after-school programs statewide. Euna Oh’s winning entry was submitted through Kathleen Petka, art teacher, Walton High School.
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 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. Three First Place, three Second Place, three Third Place and 16 Honorable Mention winners were chosen in each of the four categories. The Best of Show was selected from among all of the First Place winners.
This year’s esteemed judges featured: Greg Balkcom, expert waterfowl biologist with Georgia Department of Natural Resources; Jim Candler, Environmental Affairs Supervisor, Georgia Power, long-time sponsors of the Georgia Junior Duck Stamp program; Mike Oetker, Deputy Regional Director, Southeast Region USFWS; EJ Williams, Assistant Regional Director, Migratory Bird Program, Southeast Region USFWS; and Bill Uihlein, Assistant Regional Director for Science Applications, Southeast Region, USFWS.
Please visit http://www.fws.gov/southeast/birds/jrduck.stamp.htm or contact Contest Coordinator Carmen Simonton (404) 679-7070 or Carmen_Simonton@fws.gov for a complete list of the 100 winners for the 2013 Georgia Junior Duck Stamp Contest.
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 14 year-old Grace Jackson, Savannah Country Day School: “Conservation is the keystone to a happy, healthy society.”
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 including a new curriculum and study guide for students, teachers and parents, visit the Service web site http://www.fws.gov/juniorduck/.
For more information about the Junior Duck Stamp contest, or the Fish and Wildlife Service, please contact Carmen Simonton in the Division of Migratory Birds, (404) 679-7070 or by e-mail at Carmen_Simonton@fws.gov.
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