James Hautman wins his 5th Federal Duck Stamp contest
James Hautman, an artist from Chaska, Minn., is the winner of the 2016 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest. The announcement was made Saturday, Sept. 10, by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Deputy Director Steve Guertin at the annual contest, held at the Academy of Natural Sciences in Philadelphia.
Hautman’s acrylic painting of Canada geese will be made into the 2017-2018 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, or “Duck Stamp,” which will go on sale in late June 2017. This is Hautman’s fifth Federal Duck Stamp Contest win, tying him with his brother Joseph, whose art appears on the 2016-2017 Federal Duck Stamp.
James Hautman’s art previously appeared on the 1991-1992, 1995-1996, 19992000 and 2011-2012 Federal Duck Stamps.
Federal Duck Stamp sales raise about $25 million each year to conserve and protect wetland habitats in the National Wildlife Refuge System for the benefit of wildlife and the enjoyment of people. Rebekah Knight of Appleton City, Mo., placed second with her acrylic painting of a single brant. Knight previously won the National Junior Duck Stamp Contest; her redhead appeared on the 2006-2007 Junior Duck Stamp.
The third-place winner is Robert Hautman of Delano, Minn., with his acrylic painting of a pair of Canada geese. Hautman, brother of James and Joseph, previously won the 1997-1998 and 2001-2002 contests.
Of 152 entries in this year’s competition, eight made it to the final round of judging. Eligible species for this year’s Federal Duck Stamp Contest were the Canada goose, brant, northern shoveler, red-breasted merganser and Steller’s eider.
The judges for this year’s Federal Duck Stamp Contest were: Jan Martin McGuire, an internationally renowned wildlife artist; Keith Russell, program manager for urban conservation with Audubon Pennsylvania; Dr. Nathan H. Rice, Ornithology Collection Manager at the Academy of Natural Sciences; John P. Booth, executive director of the Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art; and Sue deLearie Adair, an artist, birder and avid naturalist.
Canada Geese, by James Hautman, won the 2016 Federal Duck Stamp art contest.