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North Carolina DU announces First Annual "Artist/Print of the Year" Contest

Event to be held at NCDU State Convention on Aug. 18, 2012
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North Carolina Ducks Unlimited invites the public to participate in the First Annual North Carolina Ducks Unlimited "Artist of the Year/Print of the Year" Contest to be held at the North Carolina State Convention on August 18, 2012, in Wilmington, NC. 

Now in its 75th year, Ducks Unlimited's vision of "wetlands sufficient to fill the skies with waterfowl today, tomorrow and forever" still holds true, and North Carolina DU wants artists to help promote that vision by portraying images of waterfowl and the natural settings they inhabit with original artwork. Many now-famous artists gained their notoriety by participating in and contributing their talents to Ducks Unlimited artists programs. The beauty of art continues to be a large part of the Ducks Unlimited story today, and the first annual contest in North Carolina helps celebrate the 75th Anniversary since it's where the creation of DU was first inspired.

The contest will consist of a two-part competition with the first round of judging by the NCDU Arts Council using digital images of the original paintings and the field narrowed down to the top 5 submissions. From there the top 5 finalists will be invited to the North Carolina State Convention Reception and Banquet on Saturday night at the Wilmington Convention Center. The original paintings will be displayed at the banquet reception where the convention attendees will choose by individual vote the winning painting. The winner of this prestigious honor will receive recognition at the banquet and a cash prize of $1000 along with the honor of being named the winner of the First Annual NCDU "Artist of the Year" Contest. The original will then be placed up for auction that night with the artist having an opportunity to receive up to $1500 in addition to the prize money. The image will subsequently be reproduced as the NCDU "Print of the Year" and used at area DU banquets and events, generally at auction to raise funds for wildlife and wetlands conservation.

North Carolina Ducks Unlimited also extends an invitation to its entire State Convention attendees beginning Thursday, Aug. 16, for many activities and events leading up to the banquet on Saturday night. 

For more information, visit www.ncducks.org/stateconvention

Click here to view and download the NCDU Artist/Print of the Year Contest invitation and the complete contest rules in PDF format.
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