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Oklahoma Seeks Art Entries for Waterfowl Stamp

A canvasback drake is featured on the 2014-15 Oklahoma Waterfowl Hunting Stamp. The design was created by Shea Meyer of Stratford, Okla. Entries are now being accepted for the design competition for the 2015-16 waterfowl stamp, which will feature the pint A canvasback drake is featured on the 2014-15 Oklahoma Waterfowl Hunting Stamp. The design was created by Shea Meyer of Stratford, Okla. Entries are now being accepted for the design competition for the 2015-16 waterfowl stamp, which will feature the pint

By: Lynn Burkhead, OutdoorChannel.com

Fancy yourself as an aspiring wildlife artist? Then the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation is providing a chance to prove it with this year's design competition for the next Oklahoma waterfowl stamp.

Would-be artists have until 4:30 p.m. (CT) on Friday, Aug. 29, to submit their prospective artwork – the pintail duck is the competition's subject matter this year – for the contest conducted annually by the ODWC since 1980.

According to the ODWC, 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 ODWC indicates that the artwork must be oriented horizontally and sized 6.5 inches high by 9 inches wide. Each artwork must also be matted with white mat board measuring 9 inches high by 12 inches wide. Also, artwork cannot be framed or under glass, but can be protected by a removable covering such as acetate.

The state agency says that judges will consider each pintail artwork in terms of the duck specie's anatomical accuracy, overall artistic composition and suitability for printing. Any background habitat depicted in the artwork must be typical of an Oklahoma locale.

Finally, entries are limited to one artwork per artist and a $20 nonrefundable entry fee is required to enter the competition.

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 of artwork entries should be made to:

Duck Stamp Competition Coordinator
Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
1801 N. Lincoln
Oklahoma City, OK 73105

For more information, contact the agency at (405) 521-4632. For complete contest rules, go online to www.wildlifedepartment.com/facts_maps/duckstampprogram.htm.

After all entries are received, ODWC says that the winning artwork that is selected will become the design for the 2015-16 Oklahoma Waterfowl Stamp. The stamp is a requirement by all waterfowl hunters who chase ducks and geese in the Sooner State.

For his or her winning ways, the ODWC says that the competition's top artist will receive a $1,200-purchase award courtesy of NatureWorks, a Tulsa-based conservation organization.

"This is really much more than an art contest," said Micah Holmes, information supervisor for the ODWC. "When waterfowl hunters purchase that stamp, they are doing their part in conserving wildlife and preserving the sport of hunting."

But hunters aren't the only ones that help out waterfowl across the Sooner State.

"Stamp collectors can support the cause as well, since the stamps always feature stunning and unique artwork that's worth adding to a collection," said Holmes.

Because the ODWC receives no general state tax appropriations, the agency says that revenue from the Oklahoma waterfowl stamp is an important source for funding in-the-field habitat work that benefits waterfowl and other wetlands wildlife.

Since the waterfowl stamp program began in 1980, approximately 12,000 acres of habitat have been purchased through funds provided by the state's waterfowl stamp program. ODWC says that many thousands of acres of additional habitat have been enhanced, restored and maintained in Oklahoma for the benefit of migrating and nesting waterfowl.

While this year's stamp competition is underway, the agency reminds hunters and collectors that the 2014-15 Oklahoma Waterfowl License is now on sale at the Department's website, www.wildlifedepartment.com. This year's state waterfowl stamp features a canvasback drake in artwork created by Shea Meyer of Stratford, Okla.

Those who wish to purchase a physical stamp may do so by visiting the ODWC headquarters, 1801 N. Lincoln in Oklahoma City, from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. on weekdays.

While there, stamp buyers can see a selection of previous contest entries that is currently on display in the lobby of the ODWC headquarters in Oklahoma City.

The agency no longer produces prints of the winning artwork, but ODWC officials do indicate that a few limited-edition art prints are still available for sale from previous years. To order one of these prints, go online to www.wildlifedepartment.com.

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