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Louisiana Duck Stamp Program

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For more information, contact Jason Olszak at jolszak@wlf.la.gov.

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

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

The Louisiana Duck Stamp Program includes a contest to select the design of the annual state duck stamp. The featured species for the 2022 contest was the fulvous whistling duck. With their long legs, necks, and standing posture, whistling ducks more resemble geese than ducks. Plumages of male and female fulvous whistling ducks are the same, and both sexes incubate eggs and share in the rearing of young. Adults are a striking orange-brown color on the head, neck, and chest (thus the name “fulvous”), with blue-gray bill and feet, a black-barred back, white stripes on the flank, and distinctive white “V” above the tail. Louisiana provides breeding habitat for fulvous whistling ducks—they arrive from wintering areas in Mexico, or further south, from mid-April through early May, taking up residence primarily in the rice-growing region of southwest Louisiana. Unlike closely-related black-bellied whistling ducks, which primarily nest in tree cavities and will use wood duck nest boxes, fulvous whistling ducks nest on the ground, preferring rice-field levees or nearby upland fields. Relatively few are taken by Louisiana hunters because they tend to migrate south of the border in late-September through October. Consequently, less is known about the ecology and population status of these intriguing birds than other ducks. 

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.

Entry Information

2023 contest information TBA

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:

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

The competition 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.

Judging

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.