2012 California Duck Stamp Art Contest scheduled June 28

 The winner of California’s 2012 Duck Stamp Art Contest will be selected by a panel of judges at a public event June 28 in Sacramento. Ten artists from around the country competed to have their work featured on this year’s stamp.

The contest, sponsored by the Department of Fish and Game (DFG), required entrants to paint, draw or sketch the species chosen by the California Fish and Game Commission, which this year is the Aleutian Canada Goose.

The contest will begin at 10:30 a.m. in the Bateson Building, Room 470, 1600 9th St. in Sacramento. The judges’ panel, which will consist of experts in the fields of ornithology, conservation, art and printing, will choose first, second, and third place winners and an honorable mention.

Since 1971, the California Duck Stamp Program’s annual contest has attracted top wildlife artists from around the country. All proceeds generated from stamp sales go directly to waterfowl conservation projects throughout California.

In the past, hunters were required to purchase and affix the stamp to their hunting licenses. Today, hunters are no longer required to carry the stamps because California’s modern licensing system prints proof of additional fees paid directly onto the license.

However, DFG still produces the stamps, which can be requested on DFG’s website at www.dfg.ca.gov/licensing/collectorstamps/.

Kyle Orr, DFG Communications, (916) 322-8958