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2012 Georgia Junior Duck Stamp Student Art Competition Winners Chosen Tuesday!

April 4, 2012


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Overlook of a body of water through a tree-covered landscape

"Taking Flight" by Colin Williams, selected as Georgia's Best of Show. Download on Flickr.

Colin Williams, a 17 year-old artist from Savannah Arts Academy, has been announced as the winner of the 20th Anniversary 2012 Georgia Junior Duck Stamp Art Competition held Tuesday, April 3, in Atlanta, Georgia.  Five judges unanimously selected Colin’s oil painting of a pair of Black-bellied Whistling-Ducks entitled “Taking Flight” as the Georgia Best of Show. 

Colin will receive a $250 scholarship from Georgia Power, a $100 Visa gift card and various conservation related materials.  His artwork has also been sent as the Georgia Best of Show representative to the federal Junior Duck Stamp competition scheduled on Friday, April 20 at Patuxent Research Refuge in Laurel, Maryland. 

This year, 595 Junior Duck Stamp entries were submitted from 31 different teachers at public and private schools, home schools, art studios, and after-school programs statewide.  Colin’s winning entry was submitted through his teacher, Steve Schetski, who encouraged this talented young artist to change mediums from painting these ducks in acrylics to oil.

“I was able to take this painting from acrylic to oil as a learning experience”, Colin said. “I approached it differently for inspiration and looked at professional level Federal Duck Stamp art.  This is my first oil painting.”

A panel of distinguished judges selected for their expertise in artistic design, wildlife art, and waterfowl biology decided the winners of this year’s Georgia Junior Duck Stamp Contest.  A total of 100 winners were chosen, featuring twenty-five winners in each of four different age groups:  Kindergarten to third grade, fourth to sixth grade, seventh to ninth grade and tenth to twelfth grade, as well as the state’s Best of Show.  For a complete list of the 100 contest winners, please visit  or contact Carmen Simonton in the Division of Migratory Birds, (404) 679-7049 or

This year’s esteemed judges featured:  Greg Balkcom, expert waterfowl biologist with Georgia Department of Natural Resources; Jim Candler, Environmental Affairs Supervisor, Georgia Power, long-time sponsors of the Georgia Junior Duck scholarship program; Mike Piccirilli, Chief, Wildlife Sport Fish Restoration; EmilyJo Williams, Chief, Migratory Bird Program; and Troy Wilson, Nongame Biologist, from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Southeast Region.    

Prizes and ribbons are also being given for the best student conservation message that expresses the spirit of what they learned while researching and planning for their Junior Duck Stamp Contest artwork entry. This year’s winning conservation message was submitted by Christina Morrissey, 14, who attends Savannah Country Day School:

“Conservation is first started with open eyes and helping hands.”

Junior Duck Stamps are sold by the U.S. Postal Service and Amplex Corporation consignees for $5 per stamp.  Proceeds from the sale of Junior Duck Stamps support conservation education, and provide awards and scholarships for students, teachers, and schools that participate in the program. The Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest is open to all youth in grades Kindergarten through twelfth grade.  All participants receive a certificate of appreciation. To learn more about the Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest, visit the Service web site.


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