A panel of independent judges chose winning artwork for ODFW’s 2020 Habitat Conservation, Upland Game Bird, and Waterfowl Stamp art contests Saturday morning before the agency’s art show opened to the public. The show was held at Duck Pond Cellars.
- Habitat Conservation Stamp Winner – Karin Wares with her painting of canary rockfish, an Oregon Nearshore Strategy Species.
- Upland Game Bird Stamp Winner – John Conner of Grandville, Michigan with his painting of greater sage-grouse.
- Waterfowl Stamp Winner – Jeffrey Klinefelter of Etna Green, Indiana with his painting of redhead ducks.
Wares, Conner, and Klinefelter will each receive a prize award of $2,000. Winning artwork will be the face of the 2020 stamps and other promotional items to benefit Oregon’s native wildlife and their habitats.
About 250 people attended this year’s art show and voted for their favorite artwork out of 84 entries for the People’s Choice Award. For the first time, two entries tied for the People’s Choice Award: Leach’s storm-petrel by Kip Richmond and black oystercatcher by Terri Neal.
“We always look forward to this art show with Duck Pond and meeting new people who are interested in Oregon’s natural wonders. It’s a fun event and a great way to showcase our amazing fish and wildlife, particularly those needing more conservation help,” said Andrea Hanson, ODFW Conservation Strategy Coordinator. “This is the first time a fish listed as an Oregon Nearshore Strategy Species was chosen by the judges to be the face of the 2020 Habitat Conservation Stamp artwork.”
See photos of all the 2020 contest entries:
At the art show, released their Conservation Cuvee – Lot 7 featuring the 2019 winning Habitat Conservation Stamp artwork of Franklin’s bumblebee by Wares. Duck Pond donates $5 from the sale of each bottle to ODFW’s Conservation Program which is used to benefit species of greatest conservation need in Oregon. From cuvee sales at the event, the winery will be able to donate approximately $1,000 to ODFW’s Conservation Program. Conservation Cuvee can be purchased.at the winery’s tasting room and through its Conservation Cuvee website.
Rules for entering the 2021 contests will be announced soon.