Entry Deadline Is Aug. 1 For State Waterfowl Stamp Design Contest

The colorful wood duck is the subject for the current Oklahoma Waterfowl Stamp design competition, which opened for entries May 1. Artists have until 4:30 p.m. Aug. 1 to submit artwork for this prestigious contest that has been conducted by the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation since 1980.

The winning artwork will grace the 2019-20 Oklahoma Waterfowl Stamp, which is purchased by waterfowl hunters in the state and by collectors nationwide. The winning artist will receive a $1,200.

Meanwhile, the 2018-19 Oklahoma Waterfowl Stamp is scheduled to go on sale in July at the Wildlife Department’s temporary headquarters, 2145 NE 36th St. in Oklahoma City, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. This stamp features artwork of the northern shoveler (see image below) by Paul Bridgford of Des Moines, Iowa.

Meanwhile, the 2018-19 Oklahoma Waterfowl Stamp is scheduled to go on sale in July at the Wildlife Department’s temporary headquarters, 2145 NE 36th St. in Oklahoma City, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays. This stamp features artwork of the northern shoveler (see image below) by Paul Bridgford of Des Moines, Iowa.

Because the Wildlife Department receives no general state tax appropriations, revenue from the Oklahoma Waterfowl Stamp and the Oklahoma Waterfowl License are important sources 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 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 2100 NE 37th St., Oklahoma City, OK 73111.

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 www.wildlifedepartment.com/hunting/species/waterfowl/duck-stamp-program/rules. For more contest information, call (405) 521-3855.