A pair of Ross’s geese painted by Steven Burney of Town Creek, Ala., is the winner of the 2012 Alabama Waterfowl Stamp Art Contest. The winning artwork will adorn the 2013-2014 Alabama Waterfowl Stamp.
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.
Burney is no stranger to the Alabama waterfowl art contest. After 16 years of entries, including three times as first runner-up and two times as second runner-up, this was finally his year to win. “I always felt like I could win,” he said. “It was just a matter of having the right painting at the right time.”
This year’s first runner-up was a pair of wood ducks painted by John Denney of Alexander City, Ala. A canvasback painted by Bill Stem of Madison, Ala., was selected as second runner-up, followed by a pair of wood ducks painted by Eddie LeRoy of Eufaula, Ala., as third runner-up. In fourth place was a black duck painted by Charlotte Tillison of Jacksonville, Ala.
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 – northern pintail, American wigeon and ringneck – were not eligible subjects for the contest this year.
The artwork was judged by a panel of experts in the fields of art, ornithology, and conservation. Representing the field of art was Jerry Johnson, chairman of the Department of Art and Design at Troy University. Representing the field of ornithology was Catherine Rideout, a biologist stationed at Auburn University who serves as the coordinator for the East Gulf Coastal Plain Joint Venture, a program aimed at restoring bird populations in the Southeast. Representing the field of conservation was Kenneth Hood, a graduate of Auburn University and a retired banker who is active in civic and conservation organizations.
The funds from stamp sales are used to procure and manage wetland habitats for waterfowl. All licensed waterfowl hunters are required to purchase state and federal migratory waterfowl stamps or to purchase the privilege. Like the federal stamps, state issued stamps are popular with collectors.
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, visit www.outdooralabama.com