Winning art selected for 2011-12 California upland game bird stamp
Jeffrey Kleinefelter, of Etna Green, Ind., has won the California Upland Game Bird Stamp art competition. His rendition of a wild turkey will be reproduced on the 2011-12 California upland game bird stamp, required for hunting resident and migratory upland game birds including quail, wild turkey, pheasant and dove.
Fourteen artists from 10 states entered the competition sponsored by the California Department of Fish and Game. The setting and details of the original depictions were up to the individual artists, but entries had to depict a male and female pair of wild turkeys.
Chosen by a panel of judges with expertise in the fields of ornithology, conservation, art and printing, designs were judged on originality, artistic composition, anatomical accuracy and suitability for reproduction as a stamp and print.
The department sells about 200,000 of the stamps annually, which are also prized by art collectors. Limited-edition signed prints may also be available for purchase. Proceeds from sales are spent on upland game bird-related projects, including conservation, education and outreach programs.
-- Kelly Burgess
Photo: The winning artwork that will adorn the 2011-12 upland game bird stamp. Credit: Matt Elyash / Department of Fish and Game