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Louisiana Duck Stamp Program

For more information, contact Larry Reynolds at or 225.765.0456.

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

2020 Duck Stamp winner
John Nelson Harris's winning entry in the 2021 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 2021 contest is the mottled duck. Sometimes called black mallards or summer French ducks, mottled ducks are large, dark-brown, dabbling ducks that frequent coastal marsh and adjacent agricultural fields and pastures along the western Gulf Coast from Mexico to coastal Alabama. Because mottled ducks live their entire lives in coastal wetland habitats, they are at risk from the degradation and loss of those habitats. Both mid-winter and breeding population estimates for mottled ducks have declined markedly in the last decade, resulting in a growing conservation concern for this iconic Gulf Coast species. 

John Nelson Harris of Groveland, Florida, has won the 2021 Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp competition with a painting featuring a mottled duck calmly swimming in a placid waterbody. The 2021 stamp bearing this image will go on sale June 1, 2021.

Entry Information

Entries for the 2021 contest will be accepted from October 19 through October 27, 2020. Again, the 2021 contest will be restricted to designs with mottled duck as the focal species. Artists are reminded of the requirement for associated habitat.

The contest will be held in the Joe Herring-Louisiana Room at LDWF Headquarters in Baton Rouge starting at 10 am on November 4, 2020. The public is invited to attend.

To enter, an artist must submit an original, unpublished work of art, along with a signed and notarized artist's agreement and a $50 entry fee to:

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 additional guidelines in the rules regarding shipping of paintings. Due to issues experienced in 2019, LDWF has adjusted shipping rules to minimize risk of damage to 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.