The contest is open to K – 12 students across the U.S. & its territories. Students from around the United States submit artistic renderings to their state, territory or district competition . All Nevada entries are judged by a panel of five volunteers in March. The entries are judged based on originality, photo-realism, and accuracy in shape, proportion, and feather and habitat coloring. Each of the four age groups are judged separately to determine 3 first, 3 second and 3 third place winners, and 16 Honorable Mentions. The 1st place winners from each age group are then judged together to determine the Nevada State Best of Show.
Best of Show winners from each state are then submitted to the national Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest. One image is chosen as the next Junior Duck Stamp. Prizes are $5,000 for first place, $3,000 for second place, $2,000 for third place, and a $500 award is given for the best conservation message. The national winner, along with one parent or guardian and the winner's teacher receives a free trip to Washington DC, to participate in the First Day of Sale stamp ceremony.
U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service is pleased to announce
the winners of the 2012 Nevada Federal Junior Duck
Stamp Design Contest.
Haley Einstoss, of the Coral Academy of Science in Reno,
created the artwork of a fulvous whistling duck that was
selected as Best of Show for the 2012 Nevada Junior Duck
Stamp Contest. The entry will continue on to the 2012
National Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest to be held on
April 20, 2012 at the Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel,
Maryland. Of the 795 Nevada student artists who submitted
entries this year, 100 entries placed first, second, third,
or honorable mention and will receive a ribbon and other
prizes in recognition of their efforts. Each student who
entered the contest will receive a certificate of participation
and prizes. Ms. Einstoss and Ray Valdez, Coral Academy
of Science Art Teacher, will also each receive a $100
award sponsored by the Nevada Waterfowl Association.
All Nevada entries were judged by a panel of five volunteer
judges on March 29 in Fallon, Nevada. The 2012 judges
were Cynthia Goddard, Friends of Stillwater National Wildlife
Refuge, Fallon, NV; Michelle Hunt, Schoolyard Habitat
Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Reno, NV;
Marcy Haworth, Fish and Wildlife Biologist, U.S. Fish
and Wildlife Service, Reno, NV; Bill Henry, Wildlife Biologist,
Stillwater National Wildlife Refuge, Fallon, NV; and Michael
Goddard, Project Leader, Stillwater National Wildlife
Refuge, Fallon, NV. The entries were judged based on originality,
photo-realism, and accuracy in shape, proportion, and
feather and habitat coloring. Each of the four age groups
were judged separately to determine three 1st place winners,
three 2nd place winners, three 3rd place winners, and
16 Honorable Mention winners. The 1st place winners from
each age group were than judged together to determine
the Nevada State Best of Show.