The judging of the Maryland entries to the 2024 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest took place on Saturday, February 17, 2024, at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.

Best of Show

Congratulations to Eaton Ekarintaragun, whose oil rendering of a canvasback drake entitled "Saltmarsh Serenity" was chosen Best-of-Show from year's Maryland entries in the Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest! Eaton is a 17-year-old high school senior, and was instructed by his father, Pitoon Ekarintaragun. 

Eaton's painting competed with other Best-of-Show winners from around the United States at the Junior Duck Stamp national competition in Falls Church, VA on Friday April 19, 2024, where it earned a top-10 placement!

Design Contest

There were 107 Maryland entries for this year's Design Contest, and the results can be found in the PDF file below. Congratulations to all our winning artists! 

Conservation Message/Slogan

As part of the Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest, students are also encouraged to create their own "Conservation Message" slogan. This year's "Conservation Message" winners can also be found below. 

Young Artist Award

Non-placing entries in the Design Contest are eligible for the "Young Artist Award".  The winners of this award are determined by popular vote by visitors to the Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center. Winners are the top 10 vote recipients from each age group (or half the number of entries if there are less than 19 entries in an age group). Winners of this year's Young Artist Awards are now posted below.

Note to artists, parents and teachers: we sometimes misspell the names or other information of our artists because of human error, or because we had a hard time reading handwriting. If we have made an error in the spelling of a name, please email Ranger Thomas Miller and it will be corrected!

2024 Awards Ceremony

The awards ceremony for the 2024 Maryland Junior Duck Stamp contest will be held on Saturday, June 8, at 1:00 p.m. at the National Wildlife Visitor Center at Patuxent Research Refuge. Directions to the National Wildlife Visitor Center can be found on the refuge's "Visit Us" page. All winners of the Design Contest, Conservation Message, and Young Artist Award and their direct family members are invited to attend. Any questions can be directed to Ranger Thomas Miller.

About the Junior Duck Stamp Program in Maryland

Hundreds of Maryland students participate each year 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 the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS).  

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 compete at the national level, which is typically held in April. The winning entry in the federal competition is made into the Federal Junior Duck Stamp. Each entrant receives a certificate of participation or placement. Maryland's winners are awarded ribbons and modest prizes at an awards ceremony typically held at the National Wildlife Visitor Center. The Best of Show, First, Second, and Third Place winning artwork will be on display at various locations in Maryland through February.

To find out more about this national program, visit the Federal Junior Duck Stamp page.  This site includes an overview of the program, images of winning art, hints for teachers, and links to fact sheets, contest rules, and entry forms. Use this link to go directly to the contest information page.

To purchase Federal Junior Duck Stamps call the AMPLEX Corporation at (800) 852-4897, or pick one up at a participating USFWS location. Visit the Federal Duck Stamp website to find out how this pioneering program has saved thousands of acres of waterfowl habitat, as well as created one of the premier wildlife art contests in the country!

Please note this information for 2025:

Entries in the Maryland contest must be postmarked by February 1, 2025.
Entries must be sent to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge at the following address: 
Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge, 2145 Key Wallace Drive, Cambridge, MD, 21613, Attn: Junior Duck Stamp Contest

If you have questions about the Junior Duck Stamp program in Maryland, please contact Ranger Thomas Miller by using this link, or call 410-221-8156.

Maryland Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest Results 2024

The 2024 Maryland winners of the Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest. 

Maryland Junior Duck Stamp Conservation Message Winners 2024

The 2024 Maryland Junior Duck Stamp "Conservation Message" winners.  

Maryland Junior Duck Stamp Young Artist Awards 2024

2024 Maryland "Young Artist Award" winners, chosen from the non-placing entries in the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest. Winners were chosen by popular vote by visitors to Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge during the 3 weeks following contest judging.