Delaware duck, junior duck and trout stamps to be chosen April 18

On Saturday, April 18 at the Delaware Ducks Unlimited
Greenwings’ Event at Owens Station in Greenwood, the work of three
artists will be chosen to appear on this year’s Delaware duck and
trout stamps. Wildlife art enthusiasts, stamp and print collectors,
waterfowl hunters, birdwatchers and wetland conservationists are
expected to gather beginning at 9 a.m. for the judging of the duck,
junior duck and trout contests. 

Sponsored by the Delaware Division of Fish and Wildlife in
partnership with Delaware Ducks Unlimited, the annual competitions
draw entries by renowned and emerging artists from across the
country.

A panel of judges consisting of an artist, a waterfowl
collector, an art teacher, a biologist and the chair of Delaware
Ducks Unlimited will select Best of Show winners for the 2010
Delaware Duck Stamp, the 2009 Junior Duck Stamp and the 2010
Delaware Trout Stamp. Judges will base their decisions on
originality, artistic composition, anatomical accuracy and
suitability for reproduction as a stamp and print.

Delaware’s 2010 waterfowl stamp will mark the 30th anniversary
of the contest, which began in 1980 to raise funds for waterfowl
conservation, including acquiring and improving the wetland
habitats that are vital for the survival of migratory waterfowl. To
date, more than $2.5 million has been raised. The artwork chosen
for the 2010 stamp will be second in a new series which must
include one or more Delaware Native species as the dominant feature
and may include any other objects including man-made objects.

The Junior Duck Stamp Program provides an opportunity for
students throughout Delaware to participate in a national art
competition keyed to native waterfowl and wetland values. Students
learn hands-on activities in waterfowl, wetland and habitat
education and conservation while completing duck stamp art entries.
Artwork is judged in K-3, 4-6, 7-9 and 10-12 grade categories, with
various prizes. The Best of Show will move on to the National
Federal Junior Duck Stamp Competition.

Artists from across the nation will submit paintings of rainbow,
brown or brook trout for the competition to choose the illustration
for the 2010 Delaware Trout Stamp, which must be displayed by all
trout anglers. Some 6,500 trout anglers and stamp collectors
support this program annually, generating approximately $25,000 in
annual revenues to stock trout in six northern New Castle County
streams, Tidbury Pond in Kent County and Newton Pond in Sussex
County.

For more information on the Delaware Duck Stamp or Trout Stamp
programs, please contact the Division of Fish and Wildlife at
302-739-9911. For information on the Junior Duck Stamp Program,
please contact Trina Cale-Rosario at the Division’s Aquatic
Resources Education Center at 302-653-2882 ext. 104 or visit
www.fw.delaware.gov.

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