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RALEIGH, N.C. (Oct. 2, 2014) — Artists’ entries are being accepted through Jan. 23, 2015, for the N.C. Waterfowl Conservation Stamp Competition. The winning artwork will be featured on the 2015-16 waterfowl conservation stamp, also known as the North Carolina duck stamp.
The N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and the Washington Tourism Development Authority sponsor the annual contest, which typically draws artists from across the United States. The winning artwork will be unveiled during a sponsors’ preview event on Feb. 5, 2015, at the 20th Annual East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival and the N.C. Decoy Carving Championships in Beaufort County. This year, artists may submit renderings of tundra swans, black ducks, brant, gadwalls, buffleheads, and their related habitats.
Artwork will be judged on the following criteria:
• Level and accuracy of detail in all aspects of the anatomy of waterfowl;
• Appropriateness, accuracy and detail in depiction of the selected species’ habitat;
• Attractiveness and creativity of the composition, regarding spatial balance, lighting and harmony of subject and background; and,
• Visual appeal and suitability for reproduction at both the print and stamp scales.
The competition is open to artists 18 years and older. Artists may submit only one design in whatever medium they choose. Images must be horizontal, 13 inches by 18 inches, matted in white to outside dimensions of 18 inches by 23 inches and should be loosely covered with a protective overleaf, although not framed or covered with glass. Complete entry guidelines, as well as specific requirements for artwork, are located on the East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival website www.ecwaf.com.  The winning design will be selected by a panel of five judges who have expertise in waterfowl biology or artistic method and expression. The winning artist is encouraged to attend the unveiling ceremony on Feb. 5, 2015. The winner will receive $7,000 in prize money, $300 in travel expense money, and free booth space at the 2016 festival. Proceeds from sales of the print and stamp support the Wildlife Resources Commission’s Waterfowl Fund, which generates revenue for the conservation of waterfowl habitat in North Carolina.
For more information about the Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print Competition, visit the East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival website, ecwaf.com. For more information on waterfowl hunting and licenses in North Carolina, visit the hunting page.


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