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February 28, 2005

2005 Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest Entries Sought

CONCORD, N.H. -- Young New Hampshire artists are invited to submit original artwork depicting North American waterfowl to the New Hampshire Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest by April 1, 2005. The New Hampshire Fish and Game Department runs the statewide competition, which is part of the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Contest of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The contest gives students a chance to show off their artistic talents, win prizes and learn about conservation. The art competition is open to public, private or home-schooled New Hampshire students in kindergarten through grade 12.

Entries must be RECEIVED by April 1, 2005 (not March 15 as indicated on the entry form). Send to: Victor Young, N.H. Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301. Competition guidelines, including dimension requirements, and an entry form can be downloaded by clicking here.

The New Hampshire Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest will award first, second, third and honorable mention ribbons in four groups: grades K-3; 4-6; 7-9; and 10-12. The State Best-of-Show will be selected from among the first-place winning designs. Winning artwork in all categories will be displayed at N.H Fish and Game headquarters in Concord. The Best-of-Show New Hampshire winner advances to the national Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest. The three top winners at the national level receive a cash award and a fall 2005 trip to Washington, D.C., to attend the adult Federal Duck Stamp Contest.

The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program is an integrated art and science activity developed to teach environmental science and habitat conservation. In the process of creating Junior Duck Stamp designs, students learn about the importance of conserving habitat as they explore the esthetic qualities of wildlife, according to Victor Young, a wildlife artist and graphic designer for Fish and Game. To help teachers integrate these important lessons into classroom activities, a curriculum guide for teaching conservation through the arts can be downloaded from the Federal U.S. Fish and Wildlife website by clicking here.

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