In his first attempt, Calvin Carter placed fourth with artwork he created for the 2013 U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service’s federal duck stamp contest. Carter’s work was narrowly edged out of the top three spots by one point.
His work will be included in a traveling show to promote wildlife conservation. The contest is the largest wildlife art competition in the United States and this year drew 202 entries. Two of the top three winners had previously won the contest, so Carter felt a particular sense of accomplishment to place so highly in the only juried art competition sponsored by the federal government.
Waterfowl hunters must purchase a $15 stamp helping raise about $25 million annually to purchase wetlands and associated upland habitats for inclusion in the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s National Wildlife Refuge System. Since the program’s inception, duck stamp sales have raised more than $800 million to conserve more than 6 million acres of crucial habitat.
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