Contact(s): Joanna Griffin, DNR trout coordinator, Joanna.Griffin@Wisconsin.gov, 608-264-8953
MADISON - High school students can be part of Wisconsin conservation history and build their resumes and portfolios by entering their artwork in the state's contests for the 2018 designs of the inland trout and Great Lakes salmon and trout stamps. Entries are due July 3.
Winning entries will be featured on the collectors' stamps that anglers and others may buy, on the cover of the trout fishing regulations, and on Department of Natural Resources web pages. The winning artists also receive a plaque.
This is the first year the stamp design contests target high school students, says Joanna Griffin, DNR trout coordinator. "We thought that opening the contest up to high school students would encourage more kids to get interested in trout," she says. "Wisconsin offers tremendous trout and salmon fishing and we want to invite a new generation to discover the fun."
Students enrolled in grades 9 through 12 or the equivalent, attending public, homeschool, private or parochial schools in Wisconsin during the 2016-2017 school are eligible. Students can submit only one entry per contest, but may enter both the inland and Great Lakes contests. Entries must be received or postmarked by July 3, 2017.
Subject matter for the stamps must feature living species of salmon or trout commonly found in Wisconsin's waters or appropriate subject matter relating to trout and salmon fishing. Artists are not limited in their choice of colors or medium, but the medium selected must be of permanent quality such as pen and ink, oil, watercolor etching or pencil.
Once the artwork has been submitted, DNR will create an online gallery and open the voting through the Web and Facebook in July. The top entries from the online voting will move to a final round of judging by a panel of judges with expertise and interest in wildlife art, trout and salmon.