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Jr. Duck Stamp Program. Tara Dowdy Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. What is the Federal and Jr. Duck Stamp Program?. Federal Duck Stamp Program (1934) Federal Jr. Duck Stamp Program(1989). How the Competition Works…. K-3 4-6 7-9 10-12

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jr duck stamp program

Jr. Duck Stamp Program

Tara Dowdy

Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge

U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

what is the federal and jr duck stamp program
What is the Federal and Jr. Duck Stamp Program?
  • Federal Duck Stamp Program (1934)
  • Federal Jr. Duck Stamp Program(1989)
how the competition works
How the Competition Works…
  • K-3
  • 4-6
  • 7-9
  • 10-12

Three 1st place, three 2nd place, three 3rd place, and 16 honorable mentions are selected from each age category.

“Best of show” is chosen from the1st place winners.

  • Must be student’s own creation and idea!!!
  • If student is limited by environment or experience, you can use published images as GUIDES.
  • Students grades 7-12 must submit Reference Form if they use references!
  • Must be a U.S. citizens, or legal resident. A Valid SSN must be given for “Best of Show” entry.
who can participate
Who Can Participate?
  • All K-12 students, public, private, catholic, special education, Jewish, etc.
  • A student who won first place in the nationals Jr. Duck Stamp Contest last year may not submit this year.
  • One entry per student
aesthetic criteria
Aesthetic Criteria
  • Form: Is the waterfowl anatomically accurate?
  • Texture: Are the textures visually and physically appropriate to the species of waterfowl chosen?
  • Line: Are the details necessary, correct, and effective?
  • Colors: Are the colors in the illustration appropriate to the selected species and surrounding habitat? Does the illustration accurately depict the species of waterfowl in plumage, habitat and season, in a realistic or decorative depiction of the bird or birds?
  • Size: Is the visual statement appropriate for a 1 1/2 “ X 1” stamp or will details in the illustration be lost when reduced in size?
  • Shape: Is the design suited to a horizontal and rectangular stamp shape?
technical requirements
Technical Requirements
  • Artwork MUST be 9”X12”
  • Less then 1/4” thick
  • Live portrayal of a native North American Duck, swan, or goose. (List given to teacher)
  • Entries should NOT be matted
  • No borders
  • A loose, detachable cover sheet may be laid over the art face to protect it during shipping
  • No signatures on the front of artwork
  • Entries can be multi-colored, black and white, single color;
  • Ink, paint, pastel, crayon, or pencil.
  • Can do scratch-board, airbrush, linoleum printing, paper collage, dry brush, crosshatch, etc.
  • NO PHOTOGRAPHY or computer generated art.
  • No lettering, words, signatures or initials.
creating your own illustration
Creating Your Own Illustration
  • Have birds in their natural habitat (oceans, lakes, etc.)
  • Plumage should be appropriate for time of year depicted by environment.
  • Use your OWN ORIGINAL WORK….DO NOT reproduce another artists’ visual images and present them as your own!
what judges look for
What Judges look for…
  • Judging is based on original design, anatomical accuracy, artistic composition, and suitability for reproduction on a 1” by 1½” stamp.
  • Follow the size requirement of 9" high by 12" wide.
  • Get outdoors to observe, photograph, and sketch live waterfowl.
  • Create original art, not copies of someone else's work.
  • Use the medium you are most comfortable with.
  • A good drawing makes a good painting; refine your image at the drawing stage.
  • Create a solid, balanced design such as one that includes a triangle of elements.
  • Match the species and its seasonal plumage to the correct habitat.
  • Make your species the center of attention.
  • Focus your detail on waterfowl anatomy.
  • Don't overdo background scenes; keep it simple.
  • Usebright, bold, and warmcolors.
  • Use contrasting colors and crisp edges to make your image "pop" from the page.
  • Consider what your artwork would look like as a small stamp.
  • Get critiques of your work from artists, teachers, biologists, and others. (waterfowl hunters)
  • Every entry will receive a Certificate of Participation.
  • 100 Tennessee students (25 in each grade group) receive beautiful first, second, third, or honorable mention ribbons (groups are K-3, 4-6, 7-9, and 10-12).
  • 100 Tennessee students also receive a Tennessee Jr. Duck Stamp lapel pin, and a Federal Jr. Duck Stamp.
more awards
More awards…
  • 36 first, second and third place winners will receive special engraved Junior Duck Stamp plaques.
  • The Tennessee Best of Show winner receives a $1,000 college scholarship, and their artwork on the state waterfowl stamp.
  • The Tennessee Best of Show will go on to compete in the national Junior Duck Stamp contest.
  • National 1st Place-$5,000
  • National 2nd Place-$3,000
  • National 3rd Place-$2,000
  • National Conservation Message 1st Place-$500-(look ahead to learn about the conservation message.)
conservation message
Conservation Message
  • The conservation message is a short message that expresses the spirit of what they have learned through classroom discussion, research, and planning for their Jr. Duck Stamp Contest.
  • Very short and to the point
  • 2009 winner;

“Our environment, our responsibility, our future.”

  • 2010 winner;

"Wildlife speaks only the truth about our planet's future, but our greatest challenge is learning to listen."

return of entries
Return of Entries
  • All entries will be returned to the students or the school.
  • Non-winning entries will be returned by June 1st, 2011.
  • The 36 1st, 2nd, & 3rd place winners will receive their artwork 1 year after the state contest date.
to enter contest
To Enter Contest
  • Fill out entry form (provided to teacher)
  • Fill out reference form (mandatory for grades 7-12)
  • Mail in entry to State Coordinator by March 15th!
state coordinator
State Coordinator

Joan Stevens

Tennessee NWR

3006 Dinkins Lane

Paris, TN 38242




Learn to draw waterfowl by viewing the Waterfowl ID and Drawing Guide @



Parts of a ducks wing

Learning the parts of a duck wing will help you pay attention to detail when creating your picture!

dabbling ducks
Dabbling ducks
  • Feet towards the middle of the body
  • Feed in shallow waters of marshes and rivers, will feed on cropland
  • Can walk and run easily on land
  • Speculum is iridescent and bright
diving ducks
Diving ducks
  • Feet are toward the back of body
  • Speculum lack in brilliance
  • Feed in deeper waters of lakes and rivers
  • Short tails and huge feet
  • Patter along water before taking off in flight
  • Smaller wings, therefore more rapid wing beats
  • Eats fish, shellfish, mollusks and aquatic plants
district of columbia
…District of Columbia

They don’t have to look like a photograph! This pictures,

along with next few pictures won first place as well!!!




Use colored pencil!


What’s wrong with this one??? Way to much going on in the background!

2009 best of show for
2009 Best of show for…

District of Columbia






These great pictures won the same

Best of Show as the previous pictures

for their states in 2009.



you can do it
  • But don’t forget…
  • no signatures on the front,
  • no plagiarism/copying,
  • must be horizontal and on a 9” X 12” paper
  • or
  • BE JUDGED!!!
now get to it
Now Get To It!!!!
  • Do your research
  • Pick out a species…what type of habitat does he live in?
  • What time of year are you depicting?
  • Practice with different mediums
  • Pay attention to detail
  • Fill out your forms
  • Turn in to Joan Stevens to be judged by MARCH 15th!