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Winning entry chosen for California duck stamp

June 3, 2009 | 11:50 am

The winning artwork for this year's California waterfowl hunting stamp.

For the first time in nearly 15 years, a contest was held to select the image to appear on the duck stamp that will adorn 2009-10 licenses of California waterfowl hunters.

Above is the winning design chosen from 18 entries, and it's a beauty.

The painting by Indiana artist Jeffrey Klinefelter depicts a pair of northern shovelers, the species for this year's competition and stamp.

The contest was close, with the second-place finisher losing by only one point. The judges, which included California Waterfowl Assn. President Robert McLandress and Harry Curieaux Adamson, who painted the image for the current stamp, said the vibrant colors in the background gave the winning entry the edge.

The stamps go on sale in August, with proceeds going to waterfowl-related conservation projects. The Department of Fish and Game also typically produces and sells limited-edition prints of the image, some signed by the governor. Since it began in 1971, the California duck stamp program has raised more than $22 million.

The entire library of California duck stamps can be viewed on the DFG site, and there is some amazing work displayed -- so much so that I am hard-pressed to choose a favorite.

--Kelly Burgess

Photo: The winning artwork for this year's California waterfowl hunting stamp. Credit: Department of Fish and Game