DENVER - With his detailed depiction of a pair of Ross' geese, waterfowl artist Richard Clifton has claimed his third Colorado Waterfowl Stamp art contest win in a row. Clifton first won the annual competition to be featured on the state's waterfowl stamp in 2010 with his depiction of two flying pintails. He then claimed victory last year with a painting of three wading teals. With his 2012 victory, Clifton is awarded $3,500 and his artwork will be featured on the 2012 Colorado Waterfowl Stamp.
Clifton's rendering of a pair of Ross' geese was selected for the 2012 Colorado waterfowl stamp by a team of judges from around the state. There were a total of 40 artists who submitted their work, representing 19 states.
"This year was the toughest one to judge in the eight years that I've served on the waterfowl stamp committee," said Kirk Davidson, Director of Development for Ducks Unlimited. "Richard's realistic portrayal of the birds brought this piece to the top of the judging process but all of the top three pieces were phenomenal this year."
Clifton's winning entry can be viewed online at http://wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/Waterfowl/WaterfowlStampProgram/Pages/ColoradoWaterfowlStampWinners.aspx
The Colorado Waterfowl Stamp program was implemented in 1990 and provides funding to conserve wetlands for waterfowl and other wetland-dependent wildlife. Waterfowl hunters 16 years of age and older are required by state law to purchase a waterfowl stamp validation annually before hunting. In addition to hunters, many collectors aid in wetland conservation by purchasing collector stamps and prints that are created from the winning entry.
Hunters can purchase the required $5 waterfowl stamp validation where hunting licenses are sold. The gum-backed stamp is available for an additional $2.50.
Clifton is a self-taught, Delaware-based artist whose work has been featured on more than 34 duck stamps from various states as well as the 2007-2008 Federal Duck Stamp and the 1996 Australian Duck Stamp. Clifton is also a frequent contributor to Ducks Unlimited and other art auctions around the country and is well-known in the waterfowl world as an artist and an avid conservationist.
Clifton's three-peat feat isn't the longest run on the Colorado waterfowl stamp by an artist. From 1998 through 2003, Montana wildlife artist Cynthie Fisher was the winner of the annual competition.
The second-place entry this year was by Doug Snyder of Illinois. Snyder receives a $1,000 cash prize. This year's third-place entry was painted by Jeffrey Klinefelter of Indiana, who wins $500.
"We want to congratulate this year's winners of the contest," said Hank Luria, Executive Director of the Colorado Wildlife Heritage Foundation. "We're thankful to all of the artists and especially the artists that chose to donate their works to benefit waterfowl and the North American Waterfowl Management Plan." Artists that donated their works to the Foundation include Clifton, Dan Andrews, Scot Hartshorn, Dana Hawk Heimbach, Werner Hobiera, Jeffrey Klinefelter, Anna Krichbaum, Harold Louder, Janet Ream, Nancy Richardson, Doug Snyder, Gina Stenman, Rob Stine and Richard Sokolovske.
The Colorado Wildlife Heritage Foundation was created in 1989 as a result of Governor Roy Romer's Wildlife 21 Task Force report. The Foundation was formed to raise funds to help fill the gap between available hunting and fishing funds and wildlife needs. The Foundation focuses its efforts on wildlife protection, habitat preservation and educating people about wildlife and environmental stewardship. For more information on the Colorado Wildlife Heritage Foundation, go to: http://www.cwhf.us
The species chosen for the 2013 Colorado Waterfowl Stamp Program art contest is the greater scaup, a medium-sized diving duck. Contest details will be announced later in the year.
Collector gum-backed stamps and art prints of the 2012 waterfowl stamp will be available for purchase in June. Collector stamps and prints are sold through the Colorado Wildlife Heritage Foundation. The Colorado Wildlife Heritage Foundation also has past stamp winner prints and stamps available. Past stamp winners can be viewed on-line at http://wildlife.state.co.us/Hunting/Waterfowl/WaterfowlStampProgram/Pages/PastWaterfowlStamps.aspx
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