The pintail duck has been selected as the subject for this year's Oklahoma Waterfowl Stamp design competition. Artists have until 4:30 p.m. Aug. 29 to submit artwork for this prestigious contest that has been conducted by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation since 1980.
The winning artwork will serve as the design for the 2015-16 Oklahoma Waterfowl Stamp, which is purchased by waterfowl hunters in the state and collectors nationwide. The winning artist will receive a $1,200 purchase award courtesy of NatureWorks, a Tulsa-based conservation organization.
"This is really much more than an art contest," said Micah Holmes, information supervisor for the Wildlife Department. "When waterfowl hunters purchase that stamp, they are doing their part in conserving wildlife and preserving the sport of hunting. Stamp collectors can support the cause as well, since the stamps always feature stunning and unique artwork that's worth adding to a collection."
Meanwhile, the 2014-15 Oklahoma Waterfowl License is now on sale at the Department's website, wildlifedepartment.com. This year's state waterfowl stamp features a canvasback drake, created by Shea Meyer of Stratford. Those who wish to purchase a physical stamp may do so by visiting Wildlife Department headquarters, 1801 N. Lincoln in Oklahoma City, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays.
Because the Wildlife Department receives no general state tax appropriations, revenue from the Oklahoma waterfowl stamp is an important source of funding for in-the-field habitat work that benefits waterfowl and other wetlands wildlife. Since the waterfowl stamp program began, about 12,000 acres of habitat have been purchased and many thousands of acres of additional habitat have been enhanced, restored and maintained for the benefit of waterfowl.
Entries must be original two-dimensional artworks rendered on a flat surface (not canvas) in acrylic, oil, watercolor, pencil, pen and ink, tempera or any other similar media. The artwork must be oriented horizontally and sized 6.5 inches high by 9 inches wide. Each artwork must be matted with white mat board measuring 9 inches high by 12 inches wide. Artwork cannot be framed or under glass, but can be protected by a removable covering such as acetate.
Judges will consider each pintail artwork in terms of anatomical accuracy, artistic composition and suitability for printing. Any background habitat depicted must be typical of an Oklahoma locale.
Entries are limited to one artwork per artist, and a $20 nonrefundable entry fee is required. Mailed entries should be sent to Duck Stamp Competition Coordinator, Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation, P.O. Box 53465, Oklahoma City, OK 73152. Ground deliveries should be made to 1801 N. Lincoln, Oklahoma City, OK 73105.
A selection of previous contest entries is on display in the lobby of the Wildlife Department headquarters in Oklahoma City. While the Wildlife Department no longer produces prints of the winning artwork, a few limited-edition prints from previous years are still available for sale. To order, go online to wildlifedepartment.com.
For complete contest rules, go online to wildlifedepartment.com/facts_maps/duckstampprogram.htm. For more contest information, call (405) 521-4632.