New Oklahoma waterfowl stamp art selected
The 2012-2013 Oklahoma waterfowl stamp design contest results are in, and first place goes to Richard Clifton of Milford, Del., whose winning painting portraying the white-fronted goose will be featured on the 2012-2013 state waterfowl stamp.
Clifton's win comes after already earning an honorable mention in last year's Oklahoma waterfowl stamp contest with his portrayal of the blue-winged teal.
Honorable mentions this year were awarded to Tom Morgan Crain of Branson, Mo., Cynthie Fisher of Hamilton, Mont., and Doug Walpus of Hartsville, Tenn.
Images of Clifton's winning artwork along with all three honorable mentions can be viewed on the Wildlife Department's website at http://www.wildlifedepartment.com/facts_maps/duckstampcontest.htm .
"Duck stamp sales help finance many projects that benefit ducks and geese," said Nels Rodefeld, information and education chief for the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. "Since the duck stamp program began in 1980, thousands of acres of waterfowl habitat have been enhanced and restored through duck stamp revenues."
Entries were judged on public input, anatomical accuracy, artistic composition and suitability for printing. The winner and honorable mentions also will appear in a future issue of Outdoor Oklahoma magazine.
The goldeneye will be represented in next year's contest and will be featured on the 2013-2014 Oklahoma Waterfowl Stamp.
For more information about waterfowl or waterfowl hunting in Oklahoma, log on to wildlifedepartment.com.