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Wisconsin Wild Turkey, Pheasant and Waterfowl Stamp Design Contest Entries on Display at DNR Park at Wisconsin State Fair

July 15, 2014



MADISON, Wis., July 15 -- The Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources issued the following news release:

The public will have an opportunity to view the top three entries for the 2015 Wisconsin wild turkey, pheasant and waterfowl stamp design contest that for the first time will be displayed at the Wisconsin State Fair (exit DNR) from July 31 to Aug. 10.

Artists had from the end of February through July 21, 2014 to submit entries for the contest. Judging will take place in a closed session the following week. Following judging, the top three entries for each stamp category will be displayed in the Natural Resources Park at the Wisconsin State Fair. Department of Natural Resources staff will be on hand to discuss the history of each program, as well as the central role wildlife art has played in Wisconsin's habitat conservation efforts.

Funds from the sale of these stamps contribute to wildlife habitat restoration and management throughout Wisconsin.

After several years of displaying contest entries at the Aldo Leopold Legacy Center in Baraboo, wildlife officials say the change in venue will allow a greater number of visitors to view the artwork. Increased visibility will help showcase the stamp program and its positive impacts on Wisconsin's wildlife. Visitation during the 11-day Wisconsin State Fair is close to one million people annually, with nearly 120,000 visiting the DNR Park.

All stamp contest applicants should review the contest rules carefully to ensure the eligibility of their entries. Artwork must meet the technical requirements specified in these rules in order to be properly processed and prepared for judging and possible display at the Wisconsin State Fair. Contest rules, entry forms and reproduction rights agreements for the 2015 design contest are available online. For more information, search the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov for keywords "wildlife stamps."

Artists and others interested in receiving email updates on the stamp design contests can sign up to receive occasional email reminders about contest entry deadlines, detailed event information and an announcement highlighting the winning artwork for 2015. From the DNR website, dnr.wi.gov click on the email icon in the footer of the page for "subscribe for updates for DNR topics" then follow the prompts and select the "Waterfowl, Wild Turkey, and Pheasant Stamp Design Contests" distribution list.

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