Winner of the 2010 Alabama Waterfowl Stamp Art Contest Announced
An American wigeon painted in acrylic by David Nix of Cottondale, Ala., is the winner of the 2010 Alabama Waterfowl Stamp Art Contest. The winning artwork will adorn the 2011-2012 Alabama Waterfowl Stamp. Nix also won the 2006 contest with a painting of a blue-winged teal.
The annual contest, sponsored by the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources (ADCNR) Wildlife and Freshwater Fisheries Division (WFF), is open to all resident Alabama artists only.
Nix has been painting since he was six years old and has submitted artwork to the contest since 1980. “Winning this contest, it humbles you,” Nix said. “I was surprised to have won the first time in 2006, and I am just as surprised today.”
The first runner-up was a cinnamon teal painted by Eddie LeRoy of Eufaula. A redhead painted by Steven Burney of Town Creek, and an American wigeon painted by Bill Stem of Madison tied for the second runner-up spot. Fourth runner-up was by Wayne Gautney of Mobile, who painted a blue-winged teal.
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 – hooded merganser, wood duck and northern pintail drake – were not eligible subjects for the 2010 contest.
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 Rachel Dudley, advanced placement art instructor at Booker T. Washington Magnet High School in Montgomery. Representing the field of ornithology was Keith McCutcheon, retired ADCNR Supervising Wildlife Biologist of 28 years. Representing the field of conservation was Bill Wright, former vice president of the Alabama Wildlife Federation and two-time world champion turkey caller.
According to Dudley the high quality of the entries makes the contest very difficult to judge. “The artists chose challenging and original compositions often displaying the birds frozen in motion.” Dudley said. “In order to pick a winner you had to stick strictly to the judging criteria.”
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.
Photo: An American wigeon painted in acrylic by David Nix of Cottondale, Ala.