Alabama artists are invited to enter the 2011 Alabama Waterfowl Stamp Art Contest. The winning artwork will be used as the design of the 2012-13 Alabama Waterfowl Stamp, which is required to be purchased when hunting migratory waterfowl. Entries will be accepted from January 1-February 15, 2011. The competition is open to resident Alabama artists only.
All eligible entries will be on display February 25, 2011, at the Richard Beard Building, 1445 Federal Dr., Montgomery, AL 36107. Following the showing, three judges from the fields of art, ornithology and wildlife conservation will select the winning waterfowl art.
"We encourage all Alabama artists to participate in this unique contest," said Corky Pugh, Director of the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF). "Like the federal waterfowl stamp, revenues from the sale of Alabama stamps are used to procure, establish or improve migratory waterfowl habitat."
Only original horizontal artworks depicting a species of North American migratory duck or goose will be eligible. The wood duck, pintail and American wigeon—depicted in the winning artwork of three previous year’s contests—are not eligible as the subject for the 2012-13 Waterfowl Stamp. David Nix of Cottondale won the 2010 contest with a painting of an American wigeon.
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, visit the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources website, www.outdooralabama.com, or contact contest coordinator David Hayden at (334) 242-3469.