2012 Federal Duck Stamp Contest Winner Announced
For the second time, artwork by Robert Steiner of San Francisco, California was selected as the winner of the Federal Duck Stamp contest - the only juried art competition sponsored by the federal government. Steiner previously won the contest in 1998, with his acrylic rendering of a Common Goldeneye taking the latest prize on September 29, 2012 during the contest proceedings at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah. The 2013-2014 Federal Duck Stamp, featuring the winning art, will go on sale in late June 2013. Runners-up were Paul Bridgeford of Des Moines, Iowa (2nd place) and Gerald Mobley of Claremore, Oklahoma (3rd place) both with acrylic paintings of a Northern Shoveler pair. Hunters and wildlife enthusiasts are encouraged to purchase a Duck Stamp, as proceeds are used to purchase key waterfowl habitat areas in the National Wildlife Refuge System. The stamp sells for $15 and raises about $25 million each year.