Wood Ducks Chosen for Alabama Waterfowl Stamp

CONTACT:  David Hayden at 334-242-3469
A pair of wood ducks painted in acrylic by John Denney of Alexander City is the winner of the 2008 Alabama Waterfowl Stamp Art Contest. The winning artwork will adorn the 2009-2010 Alabama Waterfowl Stamp. Denney, a repeat participant in the contest, faced competition from 14 other artists. For the second consecutive year, a Denney designed the top stamp. Brother Jim Denny, also of Alexander City won the 2007 contest. The annual contest, sponsored by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries (WFF) Division, is open to resident Alabama artists only.
“It’s amazing that these twin brothers share their love of art and wildlife in their talents and both have achieved the esteemed honor of winning this contest,” said WFF Assistant Chief and contest coordinator David Hayden. “Jim won last year, the first time he entered and John won this year, keeping it all in the family.”          
First runner-up was a drake pintail by Bill Stem of Madison­­. Second runner-up was of a drake bufflehead by Ainsley McNeely of Mobile. Third runner-up was by former contest winner (2004 and 1998) Eddie LeRoy of Eufaula, who painted mallards. There was a tie for fourth runner-up between Steven Burney’s depiction of a pair of ring-necked ducks and Taylor White’s pair of wood ducks.
Entries were judged on suitability for reproduction as a stamp, originality, artistic composition, anatomical accuracy and general rendering. The designs were limited to living species of North American migratory ducks or geese, and winning species from the past three years – canvasback, blue-winged teal and hooded merganser – were not eligible subjects for the 2008 contest.
 Judges Judie Hooks, Dr. Barry Grand and Quincey Banks surround contest winner John Denney who is holding his winning entry.
The artwork was publicly displayed and judged by a panel of experts in the fields of art, ornithology, and conservation. Representing the field of art was Judie Hooks, who is an art instructor and retired art teacher from the Montgomery County School System. Quincey Banks, a photographer from Eufaula who serves on the board of directors for the Alabama Wildlife Federation, represented the field of conservation. Representing the field of ornithology was Dr. Barry Grand, a biologist with the U.S. Geological Survey and assistant professor at Auburn University.
The funds from stamp sales are used to procure and manage wetland habitats for waterfowl. All licensed waterfowl hunters are required to be in possession of state and federal migratory waterfowl stamps signed in ink across the face. Like the federal stamps, state issued stamps are popular with collectors. The artwork competition for the Alabama Migratory Waterfowl Stamp design is held each year in February and is open to Alabama residents only.
The Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources promotes wise stewardship, management and enjoyment of Alabama’s natural resources through five divisions: Marine Police, Marine Resources, State Lands, State Parks, and Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries. To learn more about ADCNR and the waterfowl stamp design competition visit www.outdooralabama.com.