The current Migratory Game Bird Stamp features last year’s winning painting, “Snow Geese” by Jim Taylor.

Game Bird Stamp Contest Calls for Artists

If you love to capture the Bay’s wildlife through photography or art, this contest is for you. One skilled local artist’s work will be chosen for Maryland’s next Migratory Game Bird Stamp.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources is inviting artists to submit up to three original works from now until Nov. 3, 2022. The contest combines artistic skill with knowledge of Maryland wildlife.

Migratory Game Bird Stamps are required for hunters aged 16 and over targeting all migratory game birds (including waterfowl), including those who are not required to buy a hunting license and those with a senior hunting license. Hunters must possess the printed receipt showing proof of purchase of the Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp while hunting migratory game birds.

The proceeds from Maryland’s stamps pay for migratory game bird research and improving habitat on state public lands. Since the program was put into place in 1974, stamp sales have raised more than $7 million for migratory game projects.

Entering the Migratory Game Bird Stamp contest costs $15 for one entry, $20 for two and $30 for three. Entry proceeds also fund game bird and waterfowl research.

Your art must be an original work, “neither copied nor duplicated from any previously published paintings, drawings, prints or photographs,” according to the rules. Entries must be mailed in time to be received by Nov. 3, addressed to: Chris Markin, 828 B Airpax Road, Suite 500, Cambridge, MD 21613. Questions can be emailed to [email protected].

DNR staff will judge the entries live at the Waterfowl Festival in Easton on Nov. 12, an event that CBM is proud to sponsor.

-Meg Walburn Viviano