The artwork of Ohio native Adam Grimm won first place in this year’s Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp Design Competition, sponsored by the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR). Grimm’s painting of a Northern pintail will appear on the Ohio wetlands habitat stamp issued in fall 2014.
The winning entry was selected from a field of 18 original paintings submitted by artists from nine states, including 10 entries from Ohio. The competition was held on Saturday, Feb. 23, at the Ohio Ducks Unlimited annual banquet in Licking County.
Second place honors went to Daniel Allard of Pickerington with his painting of canvasbacks, and the third place entry was painted by Jeffrey Hoff from South Dakota with his painting of a redhead duck.
Last year’s winner, Jeffery Klinefelter of Indiana, will see his painting of a pair of blue-winged teals appear on the 2013 wetlands habitat stamp.
Approximately 24,000 Ohio wetland habitat stamps were purchased last year, according to the ODNR Division of Wildlife. The proceeds from stamp sales help fund vital wetland habitat restoration projects in Ohio. These habitats are important to many resident wildlife species, including state-endangered trumpeter swans, wetland birds, amphibians and numerous migratory species.
Image courtesy Ohio Department of Natural Resources