Midwest Artist Runs A Close Second in USFWS Duck Stamp Contest Print
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Written by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service   
Thursday, 04 October 2012 14:52

Of 192 entries in this year’s two-day competition of the 2012 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest, 17 entries made it through to the final round of judging.  Paul Bridgeford of Des Moines, Iowa, placed second with his acrylic painting of a pair of northern shovelers.

First place went to Robert Steiner, an artist from San Francisco, Calif. The announcement was made on September 29 by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Deputy Director Rowan Gould at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, during the annual art contest.

This is Steiner’s second Federal Duck Stamp Contest win.  His art previously appeared on the 1998-1999 Federal Duck Stamp.

Steiner’s acrylic painting of a common goldeneye will be made into the 2013-2014 Federal Duck Stamp, which will go on sale in late June 2013.  The Service produces the Federal Duck Stamp, which sells for $15 and raises about $25 million each year to provide critical funds to conserve and protect wetland habitats in the National Wildlife Refuge system for the benefit of wildlife and the enjoyment of people.

“We are very fortunate to have such a talented pool of artists in the Midwest Region,” said Tom Melius, Midwest Regional Director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “Congratulations to Paul and Robert, and all of the other artists who submitted their work.  These beautiful works of art are an inspiration for us all.”

The judges for this year’s Federal Duck Stamp Contest were: Dudley Edmonson, a wildlife photographer, filmmaker and author; Paul Higgins, an outdoor photographer; Don Paul, a wildlife biologist; Marjory Sente, a stamp collector; and Christine Thomas, dean and professor of natural resources at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point.  The alternate judge was John Cornely, a retired Fish and Wildlife Service waterfowl biologist.

“Whether you buy a Duck Stamp to hunt waterfowl, add to your stamp collection, admire in a frame, or contribute to conservation, you are buying a piece of history,” said Jerome Ford, the Service’s Assistant Director for Migratory Birds.  “For nearly 80 years, hunters, wildlife watchers, and millions of other people who purchase Federal Duck Stamps have made a direct contribution to wildlife conservation through the protection of wetland habitats.”

Federal Duck Stamps can be purchased at many national wildlife refuges, the U.S. Postal Service, or online at http://www.fws.gov/duckstamps/stamps.htm.

Electronic files of this year’s artwork featuring brant, Canada goose, common goldeneye, Northern shoveler and ruddy duck can be downloaded from www.fws.gov/duckstamps.

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