April 2006
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Blue-Winged Teal Chosen for Alabama Waterfowl Stamp

  The winner of the 2006 Alabama Waterfowl Stamp Art Contest was David Nix of Cottondale with his painting of a blue-winged teal.
A blue-winged teal painted by David Nix of Cottondale is the winner of the 2006 Alabama Waterfowl Stamp Art Contest. The winning artwork will adorn the 2007-2008 Alabama Waterfowl Stamp. Although Nix has been a runner-up several times in the past, this is the first time one of his paintings has won the competition.

First runner-up was a pair of flying gadwall by Everett Hatcher of Birmingham. Second runner-up was a pair of lesser scaup sitting on water by Steven Burney of Town Creek. Third runner-up was a pintail by Beverly Newton of Trinity, and fourth runner-up was a hooded merganser sitting on water by Joey Newton, also of Trinity.

Entries were judged on suitability for reproduction as a stamp, originality, artistic composition, anatomical accuracy, and general rendering. The designs were limited to living species of North American migratory ducks or geese, and winning species from the past three years – ringed-neck duck, Canada goose and canvasback – were not eligible subjects for the 2006 contest.

The artwork was publicly displayed and judged by a panel of experts in the fields of art, ornithology, and conservation. Representing the field of art was Rick Robertson, who teaches fine art at Auburn University at Montgomery. Bill Coggins, a retired biologist from the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources, represented the field of conservation. Representing the field of ornithology was Gary Hepp of Auburn University.

All licensed hunters are required to be in possession of state and federal migratory waterfowl stamps signed in ink across the face. Like the federal stamps, state issued stamps are popular with collectors.

The artwork competition for the Alabama Migratory Waterfowl Stamp design is held each year in February and is open to Alabama residents only. For additional information, visit the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Web site at www.outdooralabama.com or call the Wildlife Section at 334-242-3469.