National Wildlife Refuge System

Junior Duck Stamp Winner

Falcated duck at Calusa Refuge, CA
Northern pintail duck by Christine Clayton

Junior Duck Stamp Winner
A northern pintail duck painted by 17-year-old Christine Clayton of Ohio will appear on the 2012-2013 Federal Junior Duck Stamp.

Now in its 20th year, the Junior Duck Stamp Competition is the culmination of a year-long conservation arts and nature curriculum used by educators across the nation.
Proceeds from sales of the Junior Duck Stamp -- which the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service sells for $5 -- support environmental education.

Matthew Messina of Avon, Conn., took second place with an oil painting depicting a single wood duck.  Third place went to Hyun Wang for his rendition of a pair of hooded mergansers.  The 2012 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation Message Contest winner was 15-year-old Amarylis  Montalvo from Puerto Rico, with her entry: “Valora Proteje y Preserva su Habitat” (“Appreciate, Protect and Preserve Your Habitat”).

The Junior Duck Stamp Contest winner receives $5,000. The second place winner receives $3,000, the third-place winner receives $2,000 and the Conservation Message winner receives $500.  This year’s awards were provided by the Corporate Social Responsibility Committee of SWIFT, a provider of secure financial messaging services.

The First Day of Sale Ceremony for the 2012-2013 Federal and Junior Duck Stamps will be held June 29, at the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Hampton, Va.  The event is free and open to the public. Both the Federal and Junior Duck Stamp artists will be available to sign stamps, and the U.S. Postal Service will have a special cancellation for collectors.
Gallery of all state Best of Show entries

Last updated: May 2, 2012