Oklahoma Waterfowl Stamp Design Competition Rules


The green-winged teal will be featured on the 2017-2018 stamp

Rules and Regulations for the 2016 Oklahoma Waterfowl Stamp Design Competition (2017-2018 Oklahoma Waterfowl Stamp)

1. Artwork may be in any of the following media: acrylic, oil, watercolor, scratchboard, pencil, pen and ink, tempera, etc. Photographs are not eligible. Painting must be on a smooth surface art paper (i.e. Gesso Masonite, Crescent illustration board, Clayboard, etc.), rather than a textured surface such as canvas.

2. One design per contestant. The design must be two dimensional and horizontal: 6 1/2” high and 9” wide.

3. A nonrefundable entry fee of $20 (cash, check, money order or cashiers check) must accompany each entry. These funds are used to cover the cost of packaging; insuring and mailing entries back to artists and to support the purchase award.

4. Any resident of the United States is eligible. Any member of the contest judging panel or any member of his or her immediate family or any employee of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation is ineligible.

5. The winning artist will be ineligible to compete the following two years. If a previous winner should win again, his/her ineligibility is extended to four years after each win.

6. The Oklahoma Waterfowl Stamp Design must be horizontal. It must be matted with a single layer of white or ivory mat board 9 inches high x 12 inches wide with the opening cut precisely 6 1/2” x 9: (plus or minus 1/16”). The mat board must not have a black or colored inner or outer accent border. Always double-check inside mat cut.

7. Artwork must not be framed or under glass. An acetate covering should be used to protect the artwork. This cover must be easily removed for judging or it will be left in place.

8. No scrollwork or lettering can appear on the design itself. Any design signed or lettered by the artist will be disqualified. However, the name and address of the artist must be on the back of the design.

9. The waterfowl species to be depicted will be determined annually by the Department, and that species must be the dominant feature in the design. Any habitat appearing in the design must be typical for that species in Oklahoma. The species selected for the 2016 competition is the green-winged teal.

10. The design must be of the artist’s own creation, neither copies nor duplications from any previously published art, including painting, drawings in any medium or published photographs. An entry form affirming such originality must be signed and submitted with the entry.

11. The winning artist will receive a purchase award of $1,200, courtesy of Tulsa-based conservation group NatureWorks, and the winning entry will become the sole and exclusive property of the Wildlife Department.

12. Utmost precautions will be taken to protect entries from damage, but the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation cannot be responsible for loss.

13. Any entry that fails to comply with any of the requirements of this competition may be disqualified.

14. The winning entry will become the sole and exclusive property of the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation. Prints will not be made.

15. Any refusal of the winning artist to sign said release, to challenge the rules or regulations concerning release of rights or otherwise take any action that would delay the reproduction of the art as a state waterfowl stamp, and/or a poster shall be grounds for that art being disqualified as regards payments of purchase award and use of the art for the state waterfowl stamp or limited edition print and/or promotional items. In the event a disqualification should occur, the art receiving the next highest number of points in the voting shall be then declared the winner and shall be used to reproduce the state waterfowl stamp, limited edition print, and/or promotional items.

16. The winner and the three honorable mentions selected will appear in an issue of Outdoor Oklahoma magazine. Their work will be held by the Department until magazine reproduction is completed. Other entries will be returned to the artists within 30-60 days.

17. Entries for the 2016 Oklahoma Waterfowl Stamp Design Competition will be accepted until 4:30 p.m., August 1, 2016. This means your entry must be in the Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation’s main office in Oklahoma City by 4:30 p.m., August 1, 2016. No exceptions.

Entry Form



Waterfowl Stamp Competition Coordinator
Oklahoma Department of Wildlife Conservation
P.O. Box 53465
Oklahoma City OK 73105

2100 N.E. 37th St.
Oklahoma City OK 73111

(405) 521-3856 Monday-Friday/8 a.m. – 4:30 p.m.