A proficient younger artist from South Dakota has taken prime honors at the National Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest. A green-winged teal by 15-year previous Madison Grimm, will grace the 2022-2023 Junior Duck Stamp, which raises funds to teach and have interaction our nation’s youth in wildlife and wetlands conservation and outside recreation. This is Madison’s third nationwide win.
A panel of 5 judges selected the entry, painted in acrylic, from amongst best-of-show entries from 50 states, Washington, D.C. and two U.S. Territories.
“I’m so excited to announce the prime winners of this distinctive contest,” mentioned Service Director Martha Williams. “The Junior Duck Stamp Program encourages college students to discover their pure world by means of science, artwork, and writing, share their present with others, and nurture a lifelong love of nature and the outside.”
Students in kindergarten by means of grade twelve take part of their annual state Junior Duck Stamp Program by means of their faculty, residence, artwork studio or after-school group, or from a refuge, park or nature middle. After studying about wetlands, waterfowl, and wildlife conservation, they categorical their studying by means of a drawing or portray of a duck, goose, or swan.
The prime piece of artwork in the nation – chosen at this annual competitors – is featured on the Junior Duck Stamp, gross sales of which assist academic applications and actions that nurture our subsequent era of conservationists.
The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program started in 1989 as an extension of the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, generally generally known as the Duck Stamp. The first nationwide Junior Duck Stamp artwork contest was held in 1993. The stamp encourages college students to discover their pure world, take part in outside recreation actions, and be taught wildlife administration rules. Approximately 2,000 Junior Duck Stamps are offered yearly for $5 every.
Second place winner is Catheryn Liang, 15, from Texas, with an acrylic portray of Canada geese.
Third place went to 17-year-old London Peterson from Oklahoma who entered a typical goldeneye painted in acrylic.
In addition to the artwork contest, a Junior Duck Stamp Conservation Message Contest encourages college students to specific in phrases the spirit of what they’ve discovered by means of classroom discussions, analysis, and planning for his or her Junior Duck Stamp Contest entries. “This 12 months’s winner is 17-year-old Alexa Jochmann, of Wisconsin, together with her message: “Wetland conservation helps maintain our world as colourful and various as the geese that reside in them!”
“This is one in every of the most joyful bulletins the Service makes yearly,” mentioned Assistant Director for Migratory Birds Jerome Ford. “Young folks from all totally different backgrounds and pursuits from throughout the nation share a typical curiosity in artwork and nature, and we’re all fortunate sufficient to see their wonderful work.”
This 12 months, about 13,000 younger artists submitted entries to the Junior Duck Stamp contests round the nation. Complete Junior Duck Stamp Contest outcomes and extra info are on-line.
The Junior Duck Stamp Contest winner receives $1,000. The second place winner receives $500; the third-place winner receives $200; the Conservation Message winner receives $200.
You can purchase Junior Duck Stamps on-line by means of the U.S. Postal Service and Amplex and at some nationwide wildlife refuges. Proceeds from the sale of Junior Duck Stamps are used for recognition of people who submit profitable designs in state or nationwide competitions and to additional actions associated to the conservation training targets of the program.
The first day of sale for the 2022-2023 Duck Stamp and Junior Duck Stamp is deliberate for June 24, 2022.
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