The U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) announced today that after careful reconsideration, it will reinstate Madison Grimm, 6, of Burbank, S.D., as the winner of the 2013 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest.
The USFWS decision means that Peter Coulter 17, of Washington, Mo., will be awarded second place for his acrylic painting of a pair of snow geese, while Drake Schlosser of Rubicon, Wis., will be awarded third place in the contest for his acrylic painting of a single common goldeneye.
At the National Junior Duck Stamp Contest, held on April 19 in Shepherdstown, W. Va., a panel of five judges selected Grimm’s painting of a single canvasback as the winning entry. Following the contest, concerns were raised about the authenticity of the work. USFWS disqualified the artwork last week. Since that time, USFWS has continued to evaluate its decision and has decided to reinstate the original winner.
The decision to reinstate Grimm’s work was made in recognition of the fact that her work was judged the winner during a fair and open public contest. USFWS respects the decision of the contest judges, and apologizes for any distress this process may have caused the top-placing artists and their families, teachers and friends. –USFWS Press Release