The Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife, in partnership with Delaware Ducks Unlimited, began the waterfowl stamp program in 1980 to raise funds for waterfowl conservation. Revenues from the purchase of waterfowl stamps by hunters and stamp collectors are used to restore and improve wetland habitats vital for migratory waterfowl. To date, the program has generated over $3 million. Funds from the program have been used to restore and improve habitat for waterfowl and a diversity of other wildlife at state wildlife areas, including Assawoman, Little Creek, Ted Harvey and Woodland Beach. The program also supports a partnership with Ducks Unlimited to restore maritime wetland habitat in Canada, which are the breeding grounds for many waterfowl that migrate through and winter in Delaware.
The Division invites artists to submit entries for the annual waterfowl stamp art competition. A panel of judges is convened to select the winning artwork that will adorn Delaware’s waterfowl stamp for the following year’s hunting season. A prize of $2,500 is awarded to the winning artist and the Division retains rights to use the original artwork. In addition to the stamp, the Division also produced prints available for sale.
A painting of an American Wigeon and a Chocolate Labrador Retriever by Guy Crittenden of Richmond, Va. will grace the 2020/21 Delaware Waterfowl Stamp. The contest was held April 4, 2019 at the Dover Public Library. Mr. Crittenden will receive a $2,500 prize and 150 artist’s proofs of the limited edition print series of his first-place entry. Other placements were: Second place, Jeffrey Klinefelter, Etna Green, Ind.; Third place, Mark Thone, Shakopee, Minn.; Honorable mentions, Scott Calpino, Bernville, Pa.; Karin Snoots, Harbeson, Del. and Caleb Metrich, Lake Tomahawk, Wis.
The 2020/21 Waterfowl Stamp judges were: Nathan Hudson, Advisory Council on Wildlife and Freshwater Fish; Raymond Harp, Delaware Ducks Unlimited; Ken Reynolds, retired wildlife professional; Jim Hall, hunter/ cultural historian and Justyn Foth, waterfowl and gamebird biologist.
2020/21 Delaware State Waterfowl Stamp - Best in Show
Artist: Guy Crittenden, Richmond, Va.
Waterfowl Stamp Contest Rules
Collectors and buyers:
Delaware waterfowl stamps and prints from 2016 - 2018 are now available for sale – click here for an order form.
For more information on Delaware waterfowl stamps and prints, contact:
Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife
89 Kings Highway
Dover, DE 19901
or email: DNREC_Stampprograms@state.de.us
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