The Judging for the 2022 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest for Maryland students took place on Saturday, February 19, 2022, at Blackwater National Wildlife Refuge.
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 tour throughout the state of Maryland through January.
See below for 2022 contest results!
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. 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 2023:
Entries in the Maryland contest must be postmarked by February 1, 2023.
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
Questions about the Junior Duck Stamp program can be directed to Tom Miller by phone at 410-221-8156 or by email at Thomas_J_Miller@fws.gov .