WASHINGTON, N.C. (Feb. 13, 2013) — Indiana wildlife artist Jeffrey Klinefelter has taken top honors in the 2013 N.C. Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print Competition with his vivid portrayal of a pair of Northern shovelers sitting along the water’s edge.
The painting, which is a mixed media of opaque watercolor and acrylic, will become the image on what is commonly referred to as the North Carolina duck stamp. It was unveiled Friday at the 18thAnnual East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival and the N.C. Decoy Carving Championships in Beaufort County during an evening preview reception.
Signed and numbered regular edition prints with mint stamps of the winning portrait will be available from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s N.C. Wild Store,on July 1 for $145. The stamp is $10.
Wildlife Commissioner Mitch St. Clair represented the Commission at Friday night’s unveiling.
This is the first year that Klinefelter has won North Carolina’s waterfowl conservation stamp and print competition. He has won awards in other states, including Ohio, California,Colorado, Delaware, Oregon, South Carolina, Indiana, Nevada and Louisiana,where he placed first in 2012 with his painting of American wigeon at a marsh edge.
Klinefelter was one of 30 wildlife artists from 16 states to submit entries for the sixth annual N.C. Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print Competition. In 2008, the Commission began partnering with the East Carolina Wildfowl Guild, which sponsors the winter wildlife festival, to conduct a nationwide competition open to the public.
This year, artists could submit paintings of hooded mergansers, Atlantic brant, Northern shovelers, tundra swans or gadwall. In addition to Klinefelter’s painting, the other top entries selected by a panel of judges were unveiled during the reception. They were:
2nd Place – Hooded merganser by Richard Clifton, last year’s N.C. Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print winner, of Milford, Del.;
3rd Place – Atlantic brant by Tom Crain of Branson, Mo.;
4th Place – Tundra swan by James P. Edwards of Raleigh;
5th Place – Hooded merganser by Jennifer Miller of Olean, N.Y.
Proceeds from sales of the print and stamp support the Wildlife Resources Commission’s Waterfowl Fund, which generates revenue for the conservation of waterfowl habitat in North Carolina.
a high-resolution version of the photograph above.