Conserving the Nature of America
Press Release
Irvine student wins California’s Digital Junior Duck Stamp Contest
Winning artwork advances to national contest

April 28, 2020

Contact(s):

FWS CA Junior Duck Stamp Program at fw8jrduckstamp-ca@fws.gov.

 


Hooded merganser floating on water.

Hailey Kim, age 11, of Irvine, California, won Best of Show in the 2020 California Jr. Duck Stamp Contest. Her painting of a hooded merganser is titled "Magnificent Ducks." Credit: USFWS

Sacramento, California— An acrylic painting of hooded merganser is California’s entry in the 2020 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program art contest. Hailey Kim, age 11, of Irvine, California, won Best of Show with her work titled "Magnificent Ducks." Kim’s sponsor is Da Vinci Art Studio instructor Jane Kim.

Students entering the contest also submit a conservation message with their artwork. Shaunak Pal, age 13, from Pleasanton, California wrote the winning message — "Nature: Our treasure, our future, our life. Preserve it to save mankind." Pal’s sponsor is his parent, Santanu Pal.

This year’s competition received approximately 1000 entries from students throughout the state and was hosted via a digital platform for the first time. Ten judges from various organizations including the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Yolo Basin Foundation, Yerba Buena Center for the Arts, California Waterfowl Association, and more worked together to select this year’s winners. Kim’s painting and Pal’s conservation message will go on to represent California in the National Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest, which has been postponed until further notice. The national winner’s design will be made into the annual Federal Junior Duck Stamp.

Administered by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, the Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program is a dynamic art and science program designed to teach wetlands habitat and waterfowl conservation to students in kindergarten through high school. The annual program provides resources to educators to help students learn about the outdoor world and their connection to waterfowl, wetlands and habitat conservation. In California, the visitor services team at the Service’s California-Great Basin Regional Office in Sacramento facilitates the program.

The Junior Duck Stamp is sold by local national wildlife refuges, the U.S. Postal Service and Amplex Corporation for $5. All proceeds from the sale of the stamp are used to fund environmental education programs, reward students for their work, and expand the program. Complete program information can be found at www.fws.gov/juniorduck/.

 

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