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January 13, 2012

Reminder -- Junior Duck Stamp Contest Deadline Is March 15

Painting by Michaella Wiss

CONCORD, N.H.:  Hey kids!  Here's a chance to express your creativity, learn about wildlife and win cash prizes. Create your own original artwork of a North American duck or goose and enter it in the 2012 New Hampshire Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest. Entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2012. The contest is open to New Hampshire youth from kindergarten through grade 12. Entries are judged on artistic merit and scientific accuracy in portraying the waterfowl. The competition is open to public, private and home-schooled New Hampshire students. 

This year's winners will take home some great prizes, made possible by a grant from the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The artist selected as Best-of-Show will receive a $500 scholarship and the first place winners in each age group will be awarded cash prizes of up to $75.

Junior Duck Stamp Contest logoThe New Hampshire Fish and Game Department runs the statewide competition, which is part of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service's Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Contest.  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. 

Don't forget -- entries must be postmarked by March 15, 2012.  Competition guidelines, including dimension requirements and an entry form, can be downloaded from 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; email wildlife@wildlife.nh.gov 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. 

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 Stamp Contest. 

Winning artwork in all categories will be displayed at N.H Fish and Game headquarters in Concord, N.H., in April 2012. 

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 http://www.fws.gov/juniorduck/EducationProgram.htm.

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