Wildlife Artists Sought For Black Bear Conservation Stamp Contest
ANNAPOLIS, MD — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) Wildlife & Heritage Service is requesting original artwork submissions for the 2004-2005 Black Bear Conservation Stamp design contest.
This year's Eighth Annual Design Contest, will be judged on Wednesday, June 16, at 1:30 p.m. at the DNR Information Resource Center located in the Tawes State Office Building.
Entries are open to all and not limited to Maryland residents. Entries will be accepted through June 11. All entries must be original, previously unreleased artwork, completed by the contestant. Each contestant may submit one entry for a non-refundable $10 entry fee. All media, including photographs, in either black and white or color are accepted for entry. The subject must be a black bear. Designs must have a horizontal orientation and be 7 inches in height by 10 inches in width. Additional submission guidelines can be found on the Black Bear Conservation Stamp Web site at www.dnr.state.md.us/wildlife/bbstampcontest.html or call Doug Wigfield at 410-543-6595.
Artwork should be mailed or hand-delivered to: DNR, Wildlife and Heritage Service, 201 Baptist Street, Suite 22, Salisbury, MD 21801 to the attention of Doug Wigfield.
Since 1997, the DNR has published an annual Black Bear Conservation Stamp. The proceeds from the sale of the $5 stamp are used to compensate farmers in western Maryland experiencing eligible property damage caused by black bears. The proceeds from this contest will be added to the Black Bear Compensation Fund.
Steve Oliver won last year's stamp design contest and is a two-time winner. Past contributors include Francis Sweet in 1997, Middleton Evans in 1998, Wilhelm Goebel in 1999, Steve Oliver in 2000, Carol Decker in 2001 and Wade Henry in 2002.
Posted May 6, 2004