Wyoming high school student's wildlife art wins national Duck Stamp contest

(Cheyenne, Wyo.) - The winner of this year's 2015-16 Federal Junior Duck Stamp contest is 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 Scott Talbott. ​ 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. Virgin Islands. 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 Communities* #shortgo #news