We Have a Winner!
Jim Hautman, with his painting of two white-fronted geese (pictured right), is the winner of the 2010 Federal Duck Stamp Contest! Second and third place went to Jim's brother Bob Hautman and Kipp Richmond, respectively. Please check out the Federal Duck Stamp Contest Facebook page for more information and highlights from the contest!
Winning artist Jim Hautman (left) and FWS Deputy Director Dan Ashe display the winning entry, a pair of white fronted geese. Jim's art will be used for the 2011-2012 Federal Duck Stamp. (Photo: FWS)
Fast facts about the federal duck stamp and the contest
- The winning art chosen at the Federal Duck Stamp Contest will be made into the Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamps, commonly known as "duck stamps."
- In recent years, about 1.6 million federal duck stamps were sold in the United States annually.
- Purchasing a $15 federal duck stamp is possibly the single most effective purchase a person can make to help conserve habitat for waterfowl and other migratory birds. Of every dollar generated from duck stamp sales, 98 cents goes to purchase or lease wetland habitat for the National Wildlife Refuge System.
- Only five species of waterfowl are allowed each year for consideration in the contest. Eligible species for artists to render in 2010 include the brant, northern shoveler, ruddy duck, Canada goose and greater white-fronted goose.
Video: "The Beautiful, Collectible Duck Stamp, courtesty of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service
- Waterfowl hunters 16 and older are required to purchase a duck stamp, but these stamps aren't just for hunters. Anyone wishing to support conservation of migratory birds and other wildlife also purchase duck stamps every year.
- The Federal Duck Stamp Program nurtures future conservationists through the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program, which for the past 17 years has helped school-aged children connect with their natural world through arts and science education.
To learn more about the federal duck stamp and this year's contest, please visit www.fws.gov/cno/duckstamp.html.