Robert Steiner, an artist from San Francisco, California, is the winner of the 2012 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest. The announcement was made by U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service Deputy Director Rowan Gould at Weber State University in Ogden, Utah, during the annual art contest - the only juried art competition sponsored by the federal government.
This is Steiner's second Federal Duck Stamp Contest win. His art previously appeared on the 1998-1999 Federal Duck Stamp.
Steiner's acrylic painting of a common goldeneye will be made into the 2013-2014 Federal Duck Stamp, which will go on sale in late June 2013. The Service produces the Federal Duck Stamp, which sells for $15 and raises about $25 million each year to provide critical funds to conserve and protect wetland habitats in the National Wildlife Refuge system for the benefit of wildlife and the enjoyment of people.
Of 192 entries in this year's two-day competition, 17 entries made it through to the final round of judging. Paul Bridgeford of Des Moines, Iowa, placed second with his acrylic painting of a pair of northern shovelers. Gerald Mobley of Claremore, Oklahoma, took third place with his acrylic painting of a pair of northern shovelers. Mobley's art appeared on the 1985-1986 Federal Duck Stamp.
Ninety-eight percent of the proceeds from sale of the $15 Federal Duck Stamp go to the Migratory Bird Conservation Fund, which supports the purchase of migratory bird habitat for inclusion into the National Wildlife Refuge System. Since 1934, Federal Duck Stamp sales have raised more than $850 million, helping the Service purchase or lease 6 million acres of wildlife habitat on hundreds of Refuges in nearly every state. There are 560 National Wildlife Refuges spread across the 50 states and U.S. territories.
You may buy Federal Duck Stamps at many national wildlife refuges, the U.S. Postal Service, or online.
Image: Robert Steiner's winning duck stamp. | © U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service