US Fish & Wildlife Service — Congratulations to the newest Junior Duck Stamp artist, Rayen Kang. Kang, an 18-year-old from Johns Creek, Ga., took top honors in the 2018 Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest. Her acrylic painting of an emperor goose bested superb “Best of Show” art from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
Gallery of 2018 Best of Show Art
All students in kindergarten through grade twelve are encouraged to participate in the Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program annual art and conservation message contest as part of the Junior Duck Stamp Program curriculum.
The art and conservation message competition serve as the “final project” – an opportunity for students to share what they have learned about waterfowl and habitat conservation through the curriculum or through their own study and observation.
1. Review the annual brochure (3.3MB) and print out entry forms ( English (850.9KB) / Spanish (1.1MB))
2. Read the contest rules carefully and make sure you meet eligibility requirements
3. Begin researching and preparing your entry
4. Fill in the entry form ( English (850.9KB) / Spanish (1.1MB)) and reference form ( English (230.1KB) / Spanish (258.8KB)) (if required) completely and affix to the back of your entry
5. Mail your entry to your state coordinator by the deadline. It’s as simple as that!
The Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest is the culmination of the Junior Duck Stamp educational program. After studying waterfowl anatomy and habitat, students may express their newfound knowledge by drawing, painting or sketching a picture of an eligible North American waterfowl species.
Because students express themselves best in different formats, the conservation message contest gives them an opportunity to use the written word to express their knowledge. Students from across the United States submit their artwork to their state, territory or district competition.
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