The 2013 Federal Duck Stamp Art Competition took place in Ohio on the shores of western Lake Erie during the last weekend of September. The winner, Adam Grimm of Burbank, S.D., bested his competitors with a pair of canvasbacks
. Grimm is a repeat winner; his art was also represented on the 2000-2001 federal duck stamp. The audience was particularly enthusiastic, as Grimm grew up in Ohio, and his extended family was on hand for the win.
The contest is the only juried art competition sponsored by the federal government, and the decision came just days before the government shutdown. The art will be used on the 2014-2015 Federal Duck Stamp, which will go on sale next June.
Stamps are purchased by waterfowlers, but also by those who appreciate the art and know that the $15 purchase raises about $25 million each year to conserve and protect wetland habitats in the National Wildlife Refuge System. As productive as the stamp is, there is room for improvement.
“The duck stamp program
is in its 79th year, and as we move into the future, we have opportunities to make it even more successful,” DU CEO Dale Hall said. “To make the duck stamp easier for hunters and wildlife enthusiasts to acquire, the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives are considering bills to permanently make federal duck stamps available for purchase online
. I also strongly encourage my fellow hunters to double up on their duck stamp purchases this year to show their support for the program.”
Local DU members and staff attended the competition and joined in several events celebrating the competition’s visit to Ohio.