Va. youth wins National Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest
On Friday, April 21, U.S. Secretary of the Interior Ryan Zinke and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced a talented young artist from Duffield, Virginia, took top honors at the National Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest.
A pair of trumpeter swans painted by 12-year-old Isaac Schreiber will grace the 2017-2018 Junior Duck Stamp, which raises funds to educate and engage our nation’s youth in wildlife and wetlands conservation, and outdoor recreation.
A panel of five judges chose the entry, painted in acrylic, from among best-of-show entries from all 50 states, Washington, D.C., Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Isaac’s artwork will be made into the 25th Junior Duck Stamp.
“We have to get more kids outside and away from all the screens. Programs like the Junior Duck Stamp contest are great ways to help inspire the next generation of Teddy Roosevelt conservationists and outdoorsmen and women,” Secretary Zinke said. “I grew up with a fly rod in one hand and a rifle in the other, hunting and fishing on our public lands and waters. My kids had the same opportunity and I want to make sure future generations do, too. Every child we reach through this program is a future steward and participant in our public lands.” The Junior Duck Stamp program began in 1989 as an extension of the Migratory Bird Conservation and Hunting Stamp, commonly known as the Federal Duck Stamp, and officially launched as the national Junior Duck Stamp art contest in 1993. It encourages students to explore their natural world, participate in outdoor recreation activities, and learn wildlife management principles. Some 3,000 Junior Duck Stamps are sold annually for $5 each.
Daniel Billings, 16, of Gallatin, Missouri, took second place with an oil painting depicting a wood duck. Third place went to Rene Christensen, 17, of Nekoosa, Wisconsin, for her graphite rendition of a pair of Canada geese.
The 2017 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation Message Contest winner was 14-year-old Catherine Wang from Johns Creek, Georgia, who wrote: “Conservation is the promise that the children of tomorrow will witness the beauty of today.” The conser vation message expresses the spirit of what students have learned through classroom discussions, research, and planning for their Junior Duck Stamp Contest entries.
“I am constantly amazed at the talent of all of our Junior Duck Stamp Program participants, and this year is no exception,” Assistant Director for Migratory Birds Jerome Ford said. “These young people express their appreciation for nature eloquently through their art and their conser vation messages.”
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The winner of the 2017 National Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest is Isaac Schreiber, 12, of Duffield, Virginia, for his acrylic painting of a pair of Trumpeter swans.