Your Osprey Art May be WGFD’s Next Collectible Stamp
Image courtesy WGF
2021 Conservation Stamp Art Competition calls for artist entries
It’s the year of the osprey for the Wyoming Game and Fish Department, who are seeking artist’s entries for their 2021 Collectible Conservation Stamp Art competition.
The winning artist’s work will be featured on roughly 200,000 collectable conservation stamps and be displayed in the department’s Cheyenne headquarters.
“The osprey is a unique and challenging subject for artists,” said WGFD contest organizer Margaret James in a press release. “Judges will focus closely on the anatomical accuracy of the artist’s depiction and ecological correctness of any habitat.”
The osprey is also one of the largest birds-of-prey in Wyoming, according to the release, with long, narrow dark brown wings, white chests and bellies, a white head and crown, and a dark horizontal eye patch. They can be found across the state, nesting primarily near lakes and rivers, except during the winter when they migrate to Central and South America.
For the contest, which leads the country in state wildlife stamp art competitions in number of entries, prize money, and quality of artwork, according to information listed on the WGFD website, judges will evaluate entries for accuracy based on body coloration including eye and leg, color pattern, plumage, and body shape as well as suitable habitat and correct prey type, if depicted.
Entries determined to be biologically inaccurate will be ineligible to win a monetary award and may only be eligible to win an honorable mention. All artwork must be the artist’s original creation. There is a $30 entry fee. The first place winning artist will receive a $3,500 payment; second place $2,000; third place $1,000; fourth place $500, and $250 for fifth place.
Entries must be received by WGFD by 5 p.m. on March 2.
Follow the link to view and download the 2012 Conservation Stamp Competition Rulebook for complete instructions for submitting an entry.
An open house and awards ceremony to announce the winners will take place on April 10 at WGFD headquarters in Cheyenne.
Conservation stamps originated in 1984 and are purchased yearly by almost all hunters and anglers statewide.