By David Miller,
with information from the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service
ALBANY, GA (WALB) – Colin Williams, a 15-year-old artist from Savannah, produced the artwork that was unanimously selected Five judges in a statewide competition.
Williams' acrylic paint rendition of a blue-winged teal out of 701 entries as the Georgia Best of Show.
Williams won a $250 scholarship from Georgia Power and more than $100 worth of art supplies and conservation education field guides.
As Georgia's Best of Show, William's artwork has also been sent for the federal competition scheduled on Friday, April 23, at the Science Museum of Minnesota.
"I researched and reviewed photos for two weeks," Williams said. "It took five hours a day for about two weeks to paint it, and I got a late start."
"I chose this duck because it flies through Georgia on the way to Mexico," he said. "I've made five paintings with acrylics, but this is my first duck."
Entries were submitted from 48 public and private schools, home schools, art studios, and after-school programs throughout the state. William's winning entry was submitted through teacher Steve Schetski of Savannah Arts Academy in Savannah, Georgia.
A panel of distinguished judges selected for their expertise in artistic design, wildlife art, and waterfowl biology decided the winners of this year's Georgia Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest.
A total of 100 winners were selected, featuring twenty-five winners in each of four different age groups: Kindergarten to third grade, fourth to sixth grade, seventh to ninth grade and tenth to twelfth grade, as well as the state's Best of Show.
Click HERE for a complete list of the 100 contest winners.
Prizes and ribbons are also being given for the best student conservation message that expresses the spirit of what they learned while researching and planning for their Duck Stamp Contest artwork entry.
This year's winning conservation message was submitted by 9 year-old Will Newbury, George Walton Academy, Monroe, Georgia:
"Land, water or air— for the ducks we should care!"
Junior Duck Stamps are sold by the U.S. Postal Service and Amplex Corporation consignees for $5 per stamp. Proceeds from the sale of Junior Duck Stamps support conservation education, and provide awards and scholarships for students, teachers, and schools that participate in the program.
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