Alabama artists are invited to enter the 2017 Alabama Waterfowl Stamp art contest, which opens January 1, 2017. The winning artwork will be featured as the design of the 2018-2019 Alabama Waterfowl Stamp, which is required along with the Federal Waterfowl Stamp when hunting migratory waterfowl in Alabama. Like the federal waterfowl stamp, revenues from the sale of Alabama stamps are used to purchase, establish or improve migratory waterfowl habitat.

Entries will be accepted from January 1 - February 15, 2017. The competition is open to resident Alabama artists only. Only original horizontal artworks depicting a species of North American migratory duck or goose will be eligible. The Mallard, American Wigeon, and Canada Goose -- depicted in the winning artwork of the three previous year’s contests -- are not eligible as the subject for the 2018-2019 waterfowl stamp.

All eligible entries will be on display March 11, 2017, at the Wheeler National Wildlife Refuge Visitor Center, 3121 Visitor Center Road, Decatur, AL 35603. Following the showing, three judges from the fields of art, ornithology and wildlife conservation will select the winning waterfowl art. The public is invited to attend the judging.

The judging criteria will emphasize uncluttered design suitable for printing as a stamp, anatomical accuracy of the illustrated species, and artistic rendering. Close attention must be given to tone and detail, since those aspects are prerequisites for printing artwork as a stamp. Wing and feather construction must be particularly well defined. Entries may be drawn or painted in any medium. Entries cannot exceed 9 by 12 inches (15 by 18 inches matted).

For contest information and entry forms, contact Seth Maddox, Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries, 234 County Rd 141, Hollywood, Ala., 35752, by email seth.maddox@dcnr.alabama.gov or call (256) 437-2788.

 

Waterfowl Stamp Art Contest Rules

List of previous winners