The Best of Show drawing from the 2019 Tennessee Annual Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest is now a collectible waterfowl stamp.
Orders are being taken for the collectible stamp that is produced annually and sold for conservation education through the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency.
Erica Brock from Lafollette was honored as the 2019 Tennessee Best of Show last spring as announced by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, which hosts the annual contest.
As a student at Campbell County High School, Brock’s winning artwork depicted a pair of redheads and was created with mixed media using a combination of colored pencil, acrylic, and pastel. She received the Jeanette Rudy $1,000 scholarship from the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Foundation and other prizes.
Since 1999, a collectible stamp has been created from the annual Tennessee Junior Duck Stamp program contest’s Best of Show. The program is an art contest managed by the U.S Fish and Wildlife Service designed to teach the importance of conserving wetlands habitat and waterfowl to students. It pairs science, the arts, and other core subjects to teach greater awareness of natural resources.
Funds from the sale of the stamp will be used for habitat improvement. An order form is available at https://bit.ly/2vmmxAS.
Each state stamp is numbered and printed in full color, measuring 1-2/8 by 2 inches. In addition to this year’s stamp, stamps since 1999 are available.
The State of Tennessee Waterfowl stamp is voluntary and not required to hunt. However, the Federal Duck stamp is required to hunt waterfowl in Tennessee.