Wildlife art enthusiasts, stamp and print collectors, waterfowl hunters, anglers, birdwatchers and wetland conservationists will gather beginning at 9 a.m. Saturday, March 31 at the Delaware Ducks Unlimited Greenwings Event at Owens Station near Greenwood for the judging of Delaware’s annual Duck Stamp and Trout Stamp 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.
Delaware’s 2013 waterfowl stamp will mark the 33rd 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 2013 stamp must include one or more Delaware native species as the dominant feature, and may include any other objects including manufactured objects.
For the trout stamp contest, artists from across the nation submit paintings of rainbow, brown or brook trout for the competition to choose the illustration for the 2013 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.
A panel of judges consisting of an artist, a waterfowl collector, an art teacher/professor, a biologist and the chair of Delaware Ducks Unlimited will select Best of Show winners for the 2013 Delaware Duck Stamp. A panel of biologists, collectors, anglers and a Trout Unlimited member will select the 2013 Delaware Trout Stamp. Judges will base their decisions on originality, artistic composition, anatomical accuracy and suitability for reproduction as a stamp and print.
For more information on the Delaware Duck Stamp or Trout Stamp programs, please contact the Division of Fish and Wildlife at 302-739-9911, or visit www.fw.delaware.gov.