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Duck stamp contest set for this fall

April 18, 2011

SHEPHERDSTOWN, W.Va. — The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service announced today that the 2011 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest will be held at the agency's National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, W. Va., Friday, Oct. 28 and Saturday, Oct. 29. This is the first time in the contest's 61-year history that the event has been held in West Virginia.

The winning design chosen during the contest will be made into the 2012-2013 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, or "Duck Stamp," the cornerstone of one of the world's most successful conservation programs.

The Federal Duck Stamp art contest is the only art competition of its kind sponsored by the federal government. Since the first open contest was held in 1949, thousands of wildlife artists from throughout the nation have submitted art to the annual contest. While the winner receives no money from the federal government, the winning artist may benefit from the increased visibility and sale of prints and artwork.

For information about the Federal Duck Stamp Program and about the 2011 Federal Duck Stamp Contest, go to: www.fws.gov/duckstamps. You can also check out the Federal Duck Stamp on Facebook by going to www.facebook.com and searching for "Federal Duck Stamp."

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