Last Thursday (March 22), I had the opportunity to be a judge for the 2007 Oregon Jr. Federal Duck Stamp Contest held in Portland. There were 803 entries created by students in grades K-12, and 5 judges had to whittle the entries down to one grand prize winner. The talent level was amazing and the task - daunting. The winning entry, which was created by Joy Brenneman, Age 17, from St. Louis Art Studio in Tigard, Oregon, was a Tundra Swan done with chalk pastels on suede mat board. The artwork will now compete against the other state winners in Washington DC for the chance to be represented on the 2008 Junior Federal Duck Stamp and a $5000 prize. Proceeds from the sale of the stamp support conservation education and provide awards and scholarships for the students, teachers, and schools that participate in the program. Best of Luck Joy!
Pictured from the left are the 5 judges: Mark Nebeker (Oregon Dept. of Fish & Wildlife), Eve Prior (The Nature Conservancy), Mike Marxen (US Fish & Wildlife Service), Fred Paveglio (US Fish & Wildlife Service), and me. Not pictured is Pam Johnson (Oregon Coast NWR Complex) who has does an amazing job coordinating the competition over the years.