Federal Duck Stamp 2020 Entry by Christine Clayton
This year's entry placed in the top 15 of 138 entries. The entries are now required to incorporate a hunting element, and celebrate hunting heritage. I will post this year's story below the painting.
"This is my 2020 Federal Duck Stamp Entry, which placed in the top 15 paintings of 138 entries. Thanks to everyone who followed the contest, sent good luck, checked in along the way, and shared with friends. It means a lot that you all care to see how it goes. I was really wanting to do something different this year (my mom encouraged me to go for this) and I had photos of a sunrise that I loved from a day my dad and I went out in early teal season last year. I really wished I could use something along those lines, but dismissed it because I didn't think I had enough other photo reference to make it work. Then one night at 2am while looking through hundreds of photos, the light came on and the advice of my mom and another great friend pushed me to just go for it and make it work. I'm happy with the finished painting, and though it isn't me and my dad in the painting (which some assumed) I think it easily represents us, and I'm thankful for all the times we've been able to be in the outdoors together and the actual hunting heritage and love for nature that he's instilled in me. I'm glad we got to go out that morning together and that memory could be captured in this painting. (The actual people that I used in the painting were from photos I had of retired Logan County Wildlife Officer Steve Jacks who hosted that morning's hunt and my friend and fellow Jr Duck Stamp Winner Madison Grimm from a day of hunting with her in SD, who really does go out and hunt way better than I ever have!) Thanks again for all of the words of kindness and encouragement. Thanks to my painting buddy Dad for doing this process with me every year and for the thoughts and advice, to my Mom for all of her encouragement and keeping things going, to my few friends and other family who gave me their thoughts as I went, and thanks most of all to the Creator of all good things who gave me the incredible opportunities, these special people, and the gorgeous subject matter that comes from the great outdoors that He's richly blessed us with. Congratulations to Richard Clifton on another win and all the rest who entered on a job well done!
Federal Duck Stamp Contest 2017: 3rd Place
by Christine Clayton
Animal Planet's Premier of the Million Dollar Duck Film!!
September 14, Animal Planet will be premiering the Million Dollar Duck film through its “Animal Planet Presents” series at 9 p.m. EST/PST (8 p.m. CST). Please tell your friends and family to tune in to Animal Planet for this historic event where a larger audience can learn about the wonderful world of Duck Stamps for the first time! It is also available on iTunes, Amazon, and DVD format. This film follows artists Adam Grimm, Tim Taylor, Rebekah Nastav, Dee Dee Murry, Bob Hautman and Rob McBroom as they prepare to and enter the Federal Duck Stamp contest, which we also enter each year. Several of the featured artists are good friends of ours, and we're excited for you to have this opportunity to see what painting a duck stamp is all about, and why we continue to do it, year after year. See the trailer and more information here: http://www.imdb.com/title/tt5372452/?ref_=ttpl_pl_tt More information from Animal Planet on the Million Dollar Duck Here: http://www.animalplanet.com/tv-shows/the-million-dollar-duck/
I will be having prints made and sending out flyers with print information. Please contact me for more info and I'll get back with you as soon as possible. Thanks!
2015 Federal Duck Stamp Contest All entries can be seen HERE The 2015 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest will be held Sept. 18 & 19 at the National Conservation Training Center in Shepherdstown, W. Va. The event is free and open to the public and begins at 10 a.m. Eastern each day. Also, there will be a special advance preview screening of "The Million Dollar Duck" - the Duck Stamp documentary, on Friday, Sept. 18 at 7 p.m. in the training center auditorium. Free and open to the public.
The contest will also be streamed live online. A link will be posted to the broadcast just prior to the start of the contest HERE, where you can also find more information about the Federal Duck Stamp Contest.