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Louisiana Duck Stamp Program

Created in 1988, the Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp (Duck Stamp) Program funds the creation, restoration, and enhancement of wetland habitat for waterfowl and other wetland-dependent wildlife in Louisiana. Through sales of licenses and collector stamps as well as contest entry fees, the program generates about $350,000 annually for projects including land acquisition, wetland development and management on wildlife management areas, and wetland enhancement on private lands via the Louisiana Waterfowl Project, a cooperative endeavor among LDWF, Ducks Unlimited, the Natural Resources Conservation Service, and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.


Duck Stamp Contest

The featured species for the 2023 Louisiana Duck Stamp contest will be the bufflehead. Artists are also reminded of the requirement for associated habitat.

The bufflehead, closely related to the goldeneyes, is North America’s smallest diving duck and is comparable in size to the more common green-winged teal. Aptly named after its resemblance to a bull bison’s head, the buffalo-headed duck is also commonly referred to as a butterball. Less sociable than other diving ducks, buffleheads are not often found in large rafts on big water, but rather in small flocks or pairs in mostly saline marsh pools and coastal estuaries throughout the late-winter in Louisiana. Like wood ducks and goldeneyes, the bufflehead is a cavity nester but specializes in smaller cavities created by the northern flicker, reducing competition for nest sites by the larger birds. Consequently, their breeding range encompasses wooded regions in the Aspen Parklands and Boreal Forests of northern Canada and Alaska.


2023 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To enter, an artist must submit an original, unpublished work of art, along with a signed and notarized artist's agreement and a $50 entry fee to:

Attn: Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp Program
2000 Quail Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Entries will be accepted from October 17-25, 2022, with the contest to be held in the Joe Herring Louisiana Room at the LDWF Headquarters building, beginning at 10 am on October 26, 2022. The public is invited to attend. 

The contest is open to all artists 18 years of age and older. Employees of LDWF and members of their immediate families are ineligible. 

Please note the guidelines in the rules regarding shipping of paintings implemented in 2020. LDWF wants to minimize risk of damage during shipping of contest entries.


A panel of judges with experience in waterfowl biology and/or artistic method will select the winning design 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.


2022 Louisiana Duck Stamp Winner

2022 Duck Stamp winner
Elaine Erikson's winning entry in the 2022 Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp competition.

Elaine Erikson of Louisiana won the 2022 Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp competition with a painting featuring a two fulvous whistling ducks resting in a marsh setting. She is the first woman to win the contest. The 2022 stamp bearing the image of her winning painting will go on sale June 1, 2022.