2001-2002 Jr. Federal Duck Stamp Contest Winner
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 15, 2002
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is now accepting entries for the 2002 Georgia Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest. The Georgia Junior Duck Stamp competition will recognize Georgia’s top student waterfowl artists. Public, private, and home-schooled students in grades Kindergarten (K) through 12 are eligible to submit their artwork until March 15, 2002.
Each year, hundreds of Georgia students compete to win top honors. This year, cash prizes sponsored by Georgia Power Company will be awarded to the top winners. Other sponsors include Warnell School of Forest Resources, Jaxco, and Blooms of Holland. The contest judging will be held in Athens in April, when First, Second, Third and Honorable Mention will be selected from four age categories: K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12. A Georgia Best of Show will also be selected. The Georgia Best of Show artwork will be sent to Washington, D.C. to compete for the national First, Second, and Third Place prize. The national First Place entry will be used as the Federal Junior Duck Stamp. The national winning artist will receive $2,500 and a trip to Washington, D.C.
Georgia’s Junior Duck Stamp competition is a part of the Federal Junior Duck Stamp competition, authorized by the U.S. Congress in 1994. The purpose of the Junior Duck Stamp contest is to promote conservation of wetlands and waterfowl habitat through arts education. The Junior Duck Stamp is modeled after the Federal Duck Stamp, which has been sold since 1934 to raise money to protect wetlands and waterfowl habitat.
All artwork must be an original, hand done, nine inches by twelve inches, horizontal image of North American ducks, geese, or swans. Entries must be submitted with an official entry form, and postmarked by March 15, 2002. Entries should be mailed to: Georgia Junior Duck Stamp Coordinator, U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, 247 South Milledge Avenue, Athens, Georgia 30605. Additional information about the contest and the official entry form can be obtained by calling the Athens Field Office at (706) 613-9493.
The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is the principal federal agency responsible for conserving, protecting, and enhancing fish and wildlife and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. The Service manages the 94-million-acre National Wildlife Refuge System comprised of more than 535 national wildlife refuges, thousands of small wetlands, and other special management areas. It also operates 70 national fish hatcheries, 64 fish and wildlife management offices, and 78 ecological services field stations. The agency enforces federal wildlife laws, administers the Endangered Species Act, manages migratory bird populations, restores nationally significant fisheries, conserves and restores wildlife habitat such as wetlands, and helps foreign governments with their conservation efforts. It also oversees the Federal Aid program that distributes hundreds of millions of dollars in excise taxes on fishing and hunting equipment to state fish and wildlife agencies.
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