Duck hunting is a very popular pastime in Alabama. So is the competition to supply the art for the waterfowl stamp required for all those licensed to hunt migratory waterfowl in the state.
Alabama artists are invited to enter the 2018 art contest, which is open now through Feb. 9. The winning artwork will be featured as the design of the 2019-20 Alabama Waterfowl Stamp. Sale of the stamp is used to purchase, establish and improve migratory waterfowl habitat.
John Denney of Alexander City was the winner of this year’s contest with his painting of an American green-winged teal. This makes him a three-time winner, having previously won the 2014-15 and 2009-10 contests. Artists are ineligible to submit an entry for three years after winning the contest.
“I am very honored to become a three-time winner,” Denney said. “There are only a few other artists that have done it. I consider myself in good company.”
The competition is open only to resident Alabama artists. Only original horizontal artworks depicting a species of North American migratory duck or goose will be considered. The American wigeon, Canada goose and American green-winged teal — depicted in the previous three winning artworks — are not eligible to be the subject of the 2019-20 waterfowl stamp.
The waterfowl stamp art contest not only helps to conserve waterfowl habitat, it also fosters a connection with the outdoors.
“Seeing ducks in the wild is spectacular,” Denney said. “I look forward to photographing them every season for new inspiration and ideas for paintings.”
The latest contest will take place in conjunction with the annual “Fins, Feathers and Flowers” event at Lakepoint Resort State Park in Eufaula, which runs Feb. 16-18. Similar to “Eagle Awareness Weekends” at Lake Guntersville, this event offers a variety of activities for wildlife watchers. The weekend is a cooperative effort of the Alabama State Parks Division and the United States Fish and Wildlife Service.
All eligible entries will be on display at Lakepoint State Park beginning Feb. 16. Three judges from the fields of art, ornithology and wildlife conservation will announce the winning waterfowl art the following day at 1 p.m. The media and public are invited to attend.
Entries may be drawn or painted in any medium, but cannot exceed 9 inches by 12 inches (15 inches by 18 inches matted). Contest entry forms are available online at www.outdooralabama.com/waterfowl-stamp-art-contest-rules. Artists may also receive an entry form by contacting Seth Maddox with the Alabama Division of Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by calling 256-437-2788.
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Submitted | John Denney of Alexander City was the winner of the previous Alabama Waterfowl Stamp Art Contest with his painting of an American green-winged teal.