Junior Duck Stamp Gallery


Artist: Ryan Kirby, 16
Location: Hamilton, Ill.
Species: Wood ducks

What is a Junior Duck Stamp?
The Junior Duck Stamp is a pictorial stamp produced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to recognize the conservation efforts of young people and support environmental and conservation education programs in the United States. The art competition is the culmination of students' study of waterfowl and wetlands conservation in the classroom, homeschool, or non-formal education setting, often using the Junior Duck Stamp Program educational curriculum.

Ryan Kirby
Ryan Kirby, 16 of Hamilton, Ill., won first prize in the 1999 Junior Duck Stamp Contest with his rendition of a pair of wood ducks. Kirby, taught by Steve Mullins, was a student at Hamilton High School and an outdoor enthusiast. Having entered the contest several years prior to his win, Kirby showed that persistence pays off. He repeatedly placed Best of Show in Illinois for 3 years, and in 1998, Kirby's entry placed 4th at the national level. In 1999, his painting was given a perfect score of 25 points, and was chosen to be the Junior Duck Stamp.


Last Updated: July 2, 2016