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Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program

2015 - 2016 JDS Winners

2015 - 2016 Best in Show Award Winners

- Maryland - Michael Xu (left)
- District of Columbia - Isabella Radifera (right)

Judges Panel for 2015

Photos - Judging 2015 Contest Entries

Please Note Changes for 2016
The 2016 Maryland Program will be administered by
the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.
See the Blackwater Federal Junior Duck Stamp page for details.

The 2016 District of Columbia Program will be administered by
To Be Announced.

Hundreds of Maryland and District of Columbia students each year participate in the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program. Introducing the Junior Duck Stamp curriculum into the classroom teaches students about waterfowl, wetland ecology, and wildlife conservation while meeting national education outcomes for science, English, and art. The students are then encouraged to research a waterfowl species and depict it in an artistic media. Entries from Maryland students in grades K-12 from public, private, and home schools, are submitted each year to Patuxent Research Refuge Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge. Entries must be postmarked by March 15 February 1.

The four grade categories are K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. Artwork is judged in its category by a panel of local wildlife and art experts. Each grade category receives 3 first place, 3 second place, 3 third place, and 16 honorable mentions. The Best of Show for Maryland is chosen from the first place winners. Maryland's Best of Show is sent to Washington DC to compete at the national level. The winning entry in the federal competition is made into the Federal Junior Duck Stamp. To see last year's winners visit To purchase Federal Junior Duck Stamps call AMPLEX (800) DUCK-499.

Each entrant receives a certificate of participation. Past Maryland awards have included ribbons, savings bonds, art supplies, and various other gifts donated by sponsors. Maryland's winners are invited to the awards ceremony in May at the National Wildlife Visitor Center. The Best of Show, First, Second, and Third Place winning artwork will be on tour throughout the state of Maryland till November.

A color brochure describing the Federal Junior Duck Stamp program is available for download. The brochure includes an overview of the program, images of winning art, hints for teachers, entry requirements, and an entry form.


Page Photo Credits — Left: 2013/2014 Maryland Award Winner, Anatol Liu. Right: 2013/2014 DC Award Winner, Caleb Zhao.
Last Updated: Nov 17, 2015
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