What is the Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp and why is it important?

Learn the basics of the Stamp.

The Federal Duck Stamp Contest and Artwork

The Federal Duck Stamp Contest is the only federally recognized art competition in the country.

The first Stamp, designed by Jay Norwood "Ding" Darling in 1934 at President Franklin D. Roosevelt's request, depicted two Mallards about to land on a marsh pond. For a number of years, well-known wildlife artists were asked to submit their own designs. The first contest, however, was in 1949. It was open to any U.S. artist who wished to enter. Sixty-five artists submitted 88 design entries that first year. By 1981, the number of entries rose to 2,099.

Each year, in the fall, a panel of noted art, waterfowl, and philatelic authorities appointed by the Secretary of the Interior, gather to judge the submitted artwork. Winners receive no compensation for their work, other than a pane of stamps carrying their design.

The Junior Duck Stamp Contest and Artwork

All Federal Duck Stamp supporters should also support and promote the companion Junior Duck Stamp contest locally to engage youngsters in “conservation through the arts.” The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Conservation and Design Program is a dynamic education program designed to teach wetland and waterfowl conservation to students from kindergarten through high school. Use the link above to find out more details on this dynamic program.