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December 14, 2011

Calling Young Wildlife Artists:
2012 Junior Duck Stamp Contest Offers Scholarship, Cash Prizes

Northern Shoveler, by Michaella Wiss
In 2011, Michaella Wiss, age 16, of Weare, N.H, won Best-of-Show for her painting of a Northern Shoveler.

CONCORD, N.H. -- Young New Hampshire artists from kindergarten through grade 12 are invited to submit original artwork depicting North American waterfowl to the 2012 New Hampshire Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest.  Entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2012.

There are some great prizes for this year's winners. The artist selected as Best-of-Show will receive a $500 scholarship, made possible by a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.  First place winners in the contest will be awarded cash prizes of up to $75.  Entries are judged on both artistic merit and scientific accuracy with which specific waterfowl species are depicted.

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 serves a dual purpose, giving students a chance to use their artistic talents at the same time they learn about wildlife and conservation.  The art competition is open to public, private and home-schooled New Hampshire students. 

Entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2012.  Competition guidelines, including dimension requirements and an entry form, can be downloaded from http://www.wildnh.com/Education/Junior_Duck_Contest.htm, or contact N.H. Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest Coordinator Ellen MacNeil at the N.H. Fish and Game Department, 11 Hazen Drive, Concord, NH 03301 or call 603-271-2461.

The N.H. 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 is 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, N.H., in April 2012. 

The Best-of-Show New Hampshire winner advances to the National Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest, in which the three top winners receive a cash award and a trip to the adult Federal Duck StampConJunior Duck Stamp Contest logotest. 

The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program is an integrated art and science activity developed to teach environmental science and habitat conservation. Teachers who want to integrate these lessons into their coursework can find a curriculum guide for teaching conservation through the arts at www.fws.gov/juniorduck/EducationProgram.htm.

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