Entries Sought for the New Mexico Prairie Chicken Festival Poster Contest


Artists of all ages are invited to try their hand at depicting one ofNew Mexico’s most colorful game birds as a participant in this year’s High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival poster contest.

The contest is among several events that will celebrate the 11th annual festival in and around Milnesand in eastern New Mexico. The festival, limited to the first 100 registrants, still has spots available. More information is available on the Department website, www.wildlife.state.nm.us, or by contacting Tish McDaniel, (575) 762-6997 or [email protected].

The deadline for original artwork submissions to the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish is March 1, 2012. The grand prize winning entry will be reproduced on the annual festival poster, and the artist will receive $300. Top winners in three age categories: adult, grades 7-12, and grades K-6, will receive $50. Prize money is courtesy of the Grasslans Charitable Foundation.

Any two-dimensional media, including but not limited to prints, oils, pastels, acrylics, water media, pen and ink, graphite, photography, digital and mixed media will be considered. Images should represent the lesser prairie chicken and its habitat.

Entries must be received by March 1 in the Public Information and Outreach Division, Department of Game and Fish,1 Wildlife Way,Santa Fe,NM87507. Entries will be returned only if accompanied by a self-addressed, stamped envelope, or may be picked up at the Department office inSanta Feafter March 30. Artists should submit 35mm slides, prints, high-resolution digital images or original work. Artwork must include the artist’s name, address, phone or e-mail, and entry category. For more information about the contest, please call (505) 476-8004.

Sponsored by the New Mexico Department of Game and Fish, The Nature Conservancy, the Milnesand community and other partners, the High Plains Prairie Chicken Festival celebrates the lesser prairie chicken and the Llano Estacado (staked plains) of easternNew Mexico. Festival participants see prairie chickens perform their remarkable early morning courtship dances, learn about the cultural and natural history of the southern Great Plains, take daily birding tours, and enjoy good food and western hospitality. Participation in the annual event is limited to 100 to protect the resource and the prairie chickens during mating season.

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