Junior Duck Stamp Competition

Scholarship Value: $1,000
Awards Available: 3

Submit your Junior Duck Stamp entry to your state contest by the state's deadline: All entries must be postmarked by March 15, except: South Carolina (entries postmarked by January 10), Massachusetts and New Jersey (entries postmarked by February 15), Maryland, Missouri, Ohio and Virginia (entries postmarked by March 1). Do not send your artwork directly to the national office.


A) Design entries must be contestant's original, hand-drawn creation and may not be traced or copied from photographs or other artists' works.

B) Image must be a live portrayal of a native North American duck, swan or goose (refer to eligible species list).

C) The entry may be multi-color, black and white, or a single color; it may be rendered in ink, paint, pastel, crayon, or pencil. Techniques may include scratch-board, airbrush, linoleum printing, paper collage, dry brush, crosshatch, pointillism, etc.

D) No photography or computer-generated art will be accepted. Computers or other mechanical devices may not be used in creating artwork.

E) The physical size of submitted artwork must be 9" x 12" and less than ΒΌ" thick.

F) Image layout must be horizontal.

G) Entries should not be matted.

H) There should be no border around the image.

I) A loose, detachable cover sheet may be laid over the art face to protect it during shipping. Spray chalk and pastel entries with a fixative to eliminate possible scuffing and smudging during transfer of artwork.

J) No lettering, words, signatures or initials may appear on the front of the design. Inclusion of such markings will result in disqualification.


Your entry should feature a live portrayal featuring at least one of the species below. Please note that mute swans, loons, grebes, coots, and other such waterbirds are not permitted species.

Fulvous Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna bicolor)
Black-bellied Whistling-Duck (Dendrocygna autumnalis)
Trumpeter Swan (Cygnus buccinator)
Tundra Swan (Cygnus columbianus)
Greater White-fronted Goose (Anser albifrons)
Snow Goose, including blue phase (Chen caerulescens) Ross's Goose (Chen rossii)
Emperor Goose (Chen canagica)
Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)
Brant (Branta bernicla)
Wood Duck (Aix sponsa)
American Wigeon (Anas americana)
Gadwall (Anas strepera)
Green-winged Teal (Anas crecca)
Mallard (Anas platyrhynchos)
Mottled Duck (Anas fulvigula)
American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)
Northern Pintail (Anas acuta)
Blue-winged Teal (Anas discors)
Cinnamon Teal (Anas cyanoptera)
Northern Shoveler (Anas clypeata)
Canvasback (Aythya valisineria)
Redhead (Aythya americana)
Ring-necked Duck (Aythya collaris)
Greater Scaup (Aytha marila)
Lesser Scaup (Aythya affinis)
Common Eider (Somateria mollissima)
King Eider (Somateria spectabilis)
Spectacled Eider (Somateria fisheri)
Steller's Eider (Polysticta stelleri)
Harlequin Duck (Histrionicus histrionicus)
Long-tailed Duck (Clangula hyemalis)
Black Scoter (Melanitta nigra)
Surf Scoter (Melanitta perspicillata)
White-winged Scoter (Melanitta fusca)
Bufflehead (Bucephala albeola)
Barrow's Goldeneye (Bucephala islandica)
Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)
Hooded Merganser (Lophodytes cucullatus)
Red-breasted Merganser (Mergus serrator)
Common Merganser (Mergus merganser)
Ruddy Duck (Oxyura jamaicensis)
Masked Duck (Oxyura dominica)
Nene (Branta sandvicensis)
Koloa (Anas wyvilliana)
Laysan Duck (Anas laysanensis)

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