Rules announced for 2011 Duck Stamp Competition

BATON ROUGE, LA (KPLC)- The Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has announced the rules and timeframe for the 2011 Louisiana Duck Stamp competition.

The winner's piece will be put onto a stamp to come out in 2011.

Artists are allowed to choose any species in this year's contest except for the Northern Pintail.

Entries will be accepted from Monday, October 18 through Tuesday, October 26, 2010 with the contest to be held in the Louisiana Room at the LDWF Headquarters building starting at 10 a.m. on Wednesday, October 27, 2010.

Judging for the art competition will be based on the following criteria:

1. Accuracy of form, size, proportion, color and posture.
2. Level and accuracy of detail in all aspects of the waterfowl.
3. Appropriateness, accuracy and detail in depiction of the habitat.
4. Attractiveness and creativity in composition, subject, background and lighting.
5. Suitability for reproduction as stamps and prints.

A panel of judges with experience in waterfowl biology and/or artistic method will select the winning design. The competition is open to all artists 18 years of age and older.  Employees of LDWF and members of their immediate families are ineligible.

To enter, an artist must submit an original, unpublished work of art, along with a signed and notarized artist's agreement and a $50 fee.

Entries should be addressed to Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries Attn: Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp Program 2000 Quail Drive Baton Rouge, LA 70808