2017 Louisiana Duck Stamp Contest

2017 Louisiana Duck Stamp Contest

2017 Duck Stamp Contest

The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries (LDWF) has announced the rules and timeframe for the 2017 Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp, or Louisiana Duck Stamp competition.

Green-winged teal will be the featured species in this year’s competition.   Greenwings are the smallest of the dabbling ducks wintering in Louisiana and can be found, often in large flocks, in all of our wetland habitats from the reservoirs, grain fields, and forested wetlands of north Louisiana to the coastal marshes, mudflats, and flooded agricultural lands across the south.  Among the top 3 species in number harvested each season, green-winged teal are an important component of Louisiana duck hunters’ waterfowling experience.  Greenwings are appreciated not only for the complex beauty of late-season drakes, sporty flight, abundance, and willingness to decoy, but they are considered among the finest table fare of all waterfowl.

The Louisiana Legislature authorized the Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp program in 1988.  The program was created to generate revenues for conservation and enhancement of waterfowl populations and habitats in Louisiana.  During the last 25 years, over $12 million has been generated for wetland conservation with approximately $5 million spent on land acquisition.  In addition, revenues have supported wetland development projects on Wildlife Management Areas and the Louisiana Waterfowl Project, a cooperative endeavor between LDWF, Ducks Unlimited, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service to provide habitat for waterfowl and other wetland birds on private lands.

Entry Information

To enter, an artist must submit an original, unpublished work of art, along with a signed and notarized artist's agreement and a $50 entry fee.  Entries should be addressed to:

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Attn: Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp Program
2000 Quail Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Entries will be accepted from Monday, October 10 through Tuesday, October 18, 2016 with the contest to be held in the Louisiana Room at the LDWF Headquarters building starting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 19, 2016.  The public is invited to attend.

Please visit these links to fill out the 2017 Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp competition artist agreement and see the full list of rules.

Judging Criteria

Judging for the art competition will be based on the following criteria:

1. Accuracy of form, size, proportion, color and posture.
2. Level and accuracy of detail in all aspects of the waterfowl.
3. Appropriateness, accuracy and detail in depiction of the habitat.
4. Attractiveness and creativity in composition, subject, background and lighting.
5. Suitability for reproduction as stamps and prints.

A panel of judges with experience in waterfowl biology and/or artistic method will select the winning design. The competition is open to all artists 18 years of age and older.  Employees of LDWF and members of their immediate families are ineligible.

For more information, contact Larry Reynolds at 225-765-0456 or lreynolds@wlf.la.gov