2018 entrants must also adhere to existing contest regulations that require a live portrayal of one or more of the five eligible waterfowl species (wood duck, American wigeon, northern pintail, green-winged teal and lesser scaup for 2018) as the dominant foreground feature, depicted alive and clearly the focus of attention. Contestants will be judged on the quality of their art and how well they illustrate the theme. The contest winner’s art will appear on the 2019-2020 Duck Stamp.
Created at the behest of waterfowl hunters, the Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, commonly known as the Duck Stamp, is an ideal venue with which to celebrate our waterfowl hunting heritage.
As the only people who are required to purchase a Federal Duck Stamp annually, waterfowl hunters have been the primary supporters of the Federal Duck Stamp program and have enabled the protection of millions of acres of wetland habitats.
The Federal Duck Stamp Program is among the most popular and successful conservation programs ever initiated. While waterfowl hunters 16 years of age or older are required to purchase a stamp each hunting season, anyone can buy one and contribute to conservation. Some 1.8 million stamps are sold each year, and as of 2017, Duck Stamps have generated more than $1 billion for the preservation of more than 6 million acres of waterfowl habitat in the United States. A current Duck Stamp is also a free pass into any national wildlife refuge that charges an entry fee.
In addition to being the only conservation revenue stamp, the Duck Stamp is also unique in the way it is created. Each year, the Service holds an art contest, the only juried art competition sponsored by the Federal Government. The 2018 Federal Duck Stamp Contest will be held at Springs Preserve in Las Vegas, Sept. 14 and 15.