(Cheyenne, Wyo.) - The winner of this year's 2015-16 Federal Junior Duck Stamp contest
Andrew Kneeland, 17, of Rock Springs.
“It just tremendous to have a Wyoming student win this national contest and
to have such talent in wildlife art. All of the Wyoming Game and Fish
Department applauds Andrew,” said Wyoming Game and Fish Department Director
Kneeland's painting of a pair of wood ducks was chosen by a panel of judges
as the design for the new stamp. Kneeland’s painting, along with other
winners from the Wyoming State Junior Duck Stamp Contest, are on display at
the Wyoming Game and Fish Department Cheyenne Headquarters until Feb. 24.
Kneeland's acrylic entry was judged the winner among best-of-show entries
from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S.
With more than 24,000 entries were submitted this year, proceeds from sales
of the $5 Junior Duck Stamp go towards supporting environmental education.
“I congratulate our winning artist and all the talented young people who
participate in the Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program each
year,” said Service Director Dan Ashe. “After 22 years, the Junior Duck
Stamp Program remains one of the Service’s hallmark efforts to connect
youth with nature and inspire budding wildlife artists.”
See a full list of first, second, and third places, as well as honorable
mentions, on the WGFD website.
*Feature photo: Mallard duck h/t: skeeze via Pixabay/Pitchengine