LDWF announces duck stamp competition

Staff reports

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) today announced the rules and timeframe for the 2013 Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp, or Louisiana Duck Stamp competition.

“Since our competition returned to a featured waterfowl species selected by the artist for the 2010 stamp, the quality of the entries and eventual winner has been outstanding,” said Larry Reynolds, LDWF Waterfowl Study leader. “The pair of American wigeon that will grace the 2012 Louisiana Duck Stamp is another incredible example.”

Because of the outstanding quality of the artwork submitted during the past three  contests, LDWF is once again allowing artists to choose the species for this year's entries, except Northern pintails, Wood ducks, or American wigeon.  Any species of waterfowl known to winter in Louisiana, EXCEPT Northern pintail, Wood duck, or American wigeon may be submitted for the 2013 stamp competition.  Artists are reminded of the requirement for associated habitat.

“The primary objective of this program is to provide revenue to create, enhance, and maintain habitat for waterfowl and associated wetland wildlife,” said Reynolds. “So a habitat component is required in each entry and is one of the five judging criteria”.

To enter, an artist must submit an original, unpublished work of art, along with a signed and notarized artist's agreement and a $50 entry fee.  Entries should be addressed to:?Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries?Attn: Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp Program?2000 Quail Drive?Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Entries will be accepted from Monday, October 15 through Tuesday, October 23, 2012, with the contest to be held in the Louisiana Room at the LDWF Headquarters building starting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 24, 2012.  The public is invited to attend.