Artists Sought to Enter 2011 California State Duck Stamp Contest

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2010 California Duck StampArtists from around the country are invited to submit their original work to the 2011 California Duck Stamp contest. The California Department of Fish and Game (DFG) will be accepting submissions from March 1 through April 30 at 4 p.m. The winning artwork will be reproduced on the 2011 California Duck Stamp, which all waterfowl hunters much purchase, and will be available as collectible limited edition prints. The top contest submissions will also be showcased at the Pacific Flyway Decoy Association’s art show in July.

The contest is open to any artist who is 18 years of age or older as of March 1, 2011. The picture must depict a pair (male and female) of the species selected by the California Fish and Game Commission, which this year is the Barrow’s Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica).

Entries need to be original, “hand drawn” and in the medium (or combination) of the artist’s choosing, except that no photographic process, digital art, metallic paints or fluorescent paints may be used in the finished design. Photographs, computer-generated art, art produced from a computer printer or other computer/mechanical output device (air brush method excepted) are not eligible to be entered into the contest and will be disqualified. All entries must be accompanied by a completed participation agreement, entry form and a non-refundable $50 entry fee. These forms and the official rules are available online at

Entries will be judged at a public event to be held in Sacramento in May. 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, along with an honorable mention.

Since 1971 the California Duck Stamp Program’s yearly 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 past years, hunters were required to purchase and affix the stamp to their hunting license prior to hunting for waterfowl. This year, California has moved to an automated licensing system, and the hunters are no longer required to carry the physical stamps in the field (proof of purchase prints directly onto the license). However, DFG will still produce the stamps, which will be mailed to hunters at the end of the season.