The Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest is the culmination of the Junior Duck Stamp educational program. After studying waterfowl anatomy and habitat students may articulate their newfound knowledge by drawing, painting or sketching a picture of an eligible North American waterfowl species.
Students from around the United States submit drawings to their state, territory or district competition. Winners from these competitions, called the "Best of Show," are then submitted to the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest. One image from the 53 Best of Show entries will become the next Junior Duck Stamp.
Junior Duck Stamps are sold for $5 each by the U.S. Postal Service, Amplex Corporation, and various National Wildlife Refuges. Proceeds from the sale of Junior Duck Stamps are returned to states for environmental and conservation education programs.
Contest Eligibility - Who may participate?
K-12 students attending public, private, or home schools in the United States and the U.S. Territories are eligible to enter, as long as they are U.S. Citizens, resident aliens, or nationals. U.S. Citizens attending schools abroad may enter through their legal state of residence.
•The student who won First Place in the National Junior Duck Stamp Contest during the preceding year may not submit an entry in the current year's contest.
•One entry per student.
•Supervising adults should encourage all students to participate in the Junior Duck Stamp program and enter the art contest. In the case of foreign exchange students, their artwork will be judged at the state level but if the artwork is awarded Best of Show, though it may be honored as a inner in that state, it may not be forwarded to national competition.
•The physical size of submitted artwork must be 9" x 12".
•Entries must be less than ¼" thick.
•Image layout must be horizontal.
•Image must be a live portrayal of a native North American duck, swan or goose (refer to eligible species list).
•Entries should not be matted.
•There should be no border around the image.
•A loose, detachable cover sheet may be laid over the art face to protect it during shipping. Spray chalk and pastel entries with a fixative to eliminate possible scuffing and smudging during transfer of artwork.
•The entry may be multi-color, black and white, or a single color; it may be rendered in ink, paint, pastel, crayon, or pencil.
•Techniques may include scratch-board, airbrush, linoleum printing, paper collage, dry brush, crosshatch, pointillism, etc. No photography, weak pencil, or computer-generated art will be accepted.
•No lettering, words, signatures or initials may appear on the front of the design. Inclusion of such markings will result in disqualification.
•Design entries must be contestant's original, hand-drawn creation and may not be traced or copied from published photographs or other artists' works.
•Photographs taken by the student may be used as references in the development of the design. Computers or other mechanical devices may not be used in creating artwork.
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