Young South Dakotan wins competition

A South Dakota youth, 6-year-old Madison Grimm of Burbank, S.D., captured Best-of-Show in the 2013 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Competition with a stunning oil painting of a lone drake canvasback. Grimm’s winning entry topped Best-of-Show entries from all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

“I was truly amazed by the talent shown in the art entries I saw today,” said Steve Guertin, deputy director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. “It was difficult to choose just one winner.”

Guertin was among the judges who recently viewed all the entries – including North Dakota’s, a white-fronted goose. All of the finalists’ work can be found at (flickr.com/photos/usfwshq/sets).

Peter Coulter, 17, of Washington, Miss., won second place with an acrylic painting of a pair of snow geese. Third place went to Drake Schlosser, 17, of Rubicon, Wis., for his acrylic rendition of a common goldeneye.

The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest is the culmination of a yearlong Junior Duck Stamp conservation program used by educators across the nation. This year, more than 29,000 students participated in state Junior Duck Stamp competitions.

The Junior Duck Stamp Contest winner will receive $5,000. The second place winner will receive $3,000, the third-place winner will receive $2,000, and the Conservation Message winner will receive $500. The First Day of Sale Ceremony for the 2013-2014 Federal and Junior Duck Stamps will be held June 28, at the Bass Pro Shops Outdoor World in Ashland, Va.