2015-2016 Federal Duck Stamp by Nambroth

2015-2016 Federal Duck Stamp

Nambroth

1 October 2014 at 09:18:57 MDT

I am honored to share that my painting of a pair of Ruddy Ducks won the Federal Duck Stamp Contest this year.

It is 7" x 10" Acrylic on board.

The Federal Duck Stamp program is a US-based conservation program. The stamp itself started in 1934 as a hunting stamp. The duck stamp has since evolved into something a lot more. Now, not only hunters buy them, but a great many birders and other people interested in conservation buy them. They can also be used as a pass to gain access to a National Wildlife Refuge. Indeed, 98 cents of every dollar that the stamp sells for goes directly to buying or preserving federal wildlife refuges and wetlands (the other two cents covers the costs of printing them and such). This does not just benefit ducks and hunters; a huge number of species, all the way from protozoa to large birds and mammals depend on wetlands. They are prime birding locations. Wetlands provide vital natural management of our watersheds and waterways, both for humans and other species. Amphibians and insects, birds and plants, many species alike depend on these areas. Wetlands are of incredible benefit. To date, the duck stamp program alone has raised over $850 million for this purpose. As an artist, none of the money from the sale of stamps comes back to me. And that is great— that means it is all going to conservation. Further, the stamp program can license the image out to be sold on merchandise and products. The sale of these products (the part that the USFWS gets) goes directly into the Migratory bird Conservation Fund.
Anyhow, anyone can buy one, and it is is all good. If you are keen on one, check at your local post office, or you can do it on the internet too: http://www.fws.gov/duckstamps/stamps.htm

Even if you can’t or don’t want to buy one, it’s really a great thing to get excited about. A lot of people don’t even know this program exists, nor the enormous amount of good it does! Plus, let’s be honest here— many of my friends that will read this are artists too. You know that art is often overlooked. Glance at many grade school art programs across the country… the cuts are happening. Some schools don’t even have art any more. I don’t know about you, but man that is depressing. I would be so very sad indeed if the only government-run, nationally recognized art contest went away.
Even if you are not hot on ducks, that alone should put a little wrinkle in your heart. Let’s let people know about the Duck Stamp program, and why it’s so awesome! Encourage others to help in conservation, and if you are an artist or know one in the U.S., you can encourage them to enter the art competition every year!

More information: http://www.fws.gov/duckstamps/

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    RUDDY DUCKS AAAAAAAAAAAAAAA I'M GOING TO LAND IN THE MIDDLE OF THIS PAGE AND BOUNCE UNTIL BUBBLES SURROUND ME

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    Would you say you had insight into what was being asked for in the contest?

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      I am not sure I understand, what do you mean? I read all of the rules and regulations regarding layout, if that is what you mean. Each artist must, and then sign the agreement with each entry.

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        Well since it was a contest, the winner is essentially whoever submits what the judges are asking for. I was just curious if there is a sort of intuitive sense of what is being asked for in the contest.

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          The entry guidelines outline what makes a good stamp design pretty clearly. Beyond that, it is good to look at the 87 other designs from over the years, and countless state level stamps, to see what sorts of things appeal most as a stamp design. So I don't think it's intuition... it was just studying what is out there.

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    Still am very excited about this for you. :) Your art deserves the honor and I'm glad you are enjoying the limelight!

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    Gosh reading your Tumblr writeup on this whole experience (a lifetime's worth of buildup!!) was so inspirational, CONGRATS.

    And I can't say I even knew what Ruddy ducks were before this... look at these cuties!

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    Congrats, such a wonderful reward for such a deserving artist! :)

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    Congrats! About bloody time! You have done so many amazing pictures for this in the past and this one is of course amazing! I will try and get some of the stamps I am sure, again MUCH congrats!!

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    Ah, Ruddy Ducks, one of my favorites! And super congratulations on winning! :D

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    SO GLAD YOU FINALLY WON ONE!

    I've been following your duck stamp shenanigans since you started and they've always been awesome pieces!

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    Again, congrats.

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    Congrats again! I will definitely be picking one up even though I'm not in the US. I am still applauding and giddy for you, having been a fan of / followed your work from the GG days and seen all the work and hours go into it. You deserve this, absolutely.

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    OH MY GOSH that's amazing! I mean, the art's amazing, but even moreso the news. Congratulations!! You must be so proud

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    Splendid! :>

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    SO excited for you! When I saw the winning stamp I instantly recognized your work. I'm sure you're extremely proud of this. Coming from a father who is an advid birder this stamp project has always made me super happy. <3 BIG BIG BIG congrats.

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    So excited for you!

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    Whoo! Congratulations!

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    Beautiful. Congratulations.

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    Wow congrats! I got honorable mention a couple years in a row (years ago now), but that is quite an accomplishment and well earned. Beautiful art!

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      Honorable mention? Was that in the Jr. Duck Stamp contest? Congrats!!

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        nods I entered both my Junior and Senior year of high school and got honorable mention both years. My art was nowhere near as beautiful as yours, but thanks for the congrats and congrats again on yours. It looks almost like a photo it is so detailed!

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          That's still really awesome!! There are many more entries into the Junior contest than the Federal one, so that you did so well speaks very highly of your skills! Well done!