2009 Colorado waterfowl stamp art contest

Since its inception in 1990, the Colorado Waterfowl Stamp has raised $6.7 million to help preserve more than 19,500 acres of waterfowl habitat from development. However, the most hotly-contested piece of real estate associated with this program may be the tiniest of all — the one-square-inch stamp itself. Like the Federal Duck Stamp, the Colorado Waterfowl Stamp has come to be seen as a unique art form, and the original artwork, a sought-after collectible.

That said, each year, the Colorado Waterfowl Stamp program holds a contest for original waterfowl artwork to be depicted on the Colorado Waterfowl Stamp; and the Colorado Division of Wildlife has announced that entries for this year’s contest are now being accepted.

“We have approximately 30 artists who enter this contest each year, from across the nation, and we hope to have even greater participation this year,” said Brian Sullivan, Division of Wildlife Wetlands Coordinator. “This is a tremendous opportunity for artists to showcase their work and also contribute their talent to a cause that greatly benefits the state’s wildlife.”

The subject for this year’s competition is the Barrow’s Goldeneye. A stamp and a print of the stamp will be made available to waterfowl hunters, bird watchers and stamp and print collectors. Hunters are required to purchase a stamp to hunt waterfowl in Colorado.

Entries will be accepted until the March 6 contest deadline. The Colorado Waterfowl Stamp Art Committee will judge the contest, and the winning entries will be announced by Monday, March 31. Cash prizes will be awarded for the top three entries, but only the first-place selection will be depicted on the stamp.

“We are looking to represent Colorado and waterfowl hunters with the best portrayal of the Barrow’s Goldeneye,” said Kirk Davidson, Ducks Unlimited Regional Director and contest judge. “We really want something that appeals to hunters because they purchase the greatest number of stamps. I look forward to seeing this year’s entries and selecting the artwork that best represents this effort.”

The Colorado Waterfowl Stamp program is designed to conserve wetlands for waterfowl and other wetland-dependent wildlife. All revenue generated from the program is used to fund wetlands projects throughout the state. Participation in the Waterfowl Stamp program by hunters and non-hunters alike is an effective way to contribute to the conservation of this precious resource. Wetlands conservation efforts improve habitat for ducks, geese and many other species of birds, amphibians, reptiles, fish and mammals.

For information regarding contest rules, entry forms and artwork submission guidelines, please visit the Colorado Division of Wildlife Web site at: http://wildlife.state.co.us/LandWater/WetlandsProgram/WaterfowlStamp

Waterfowl stamps and prints from previous years are available through the Colorado Wildlife Heritage Foundation. They can be purchased online (http://www.cwhf.info/ShopOnline/index.asp), or by contacting Terrie DeLoria (Terrie.DeLoria@state.co.us).