Minnesota wildlife artist Scot Storm took top honors in the 2014 N.C. Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print Competition with his vivid portrayal of a pair of hooded mergansers.
The acrylic painting will become the image on what is commonly referred to as the North Carolina duck stamp. It was unveiled earlier this month at the 19th Annual East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival and the N.C. Decoy Carving Championships in Beaufort County during an evening preview reception.
Signed and numbered regular edition prints with mint stamps of the winning portrait will be available from the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission’s N.C. Wild Store, on July 1 for $145.
Storm is no stranger to the N.C. Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print Competition. He has won the competition twice, in 2010 and 2008,and placed third in 2009. He was one of 35 wildlife artists from 20 states to submit entries into this year’s competition, which started back in 2008 as a partnership between the Commission and the East Carolina Wildfowl Guild. The guild sponsors the annual winter wildlife festival.
Each year, the Commission specifies five eligible species and related habitats for the competition. This year, artists could submit paintings of tundra swans, black ducks, Atlantic brant, gadwalls or hooded mergansers.
In addition to Storm’s painting, the other top entries selected by a panel of judges were unveiled during the reception.They were:
2nd Place – Tundra swan by George Lockwood of Santa Ynez, Calif.;
3rd Place – Tundra swan by John Brennan of Lutz, Fla.;
4th Place (Honorable Mention) – Tundra swan by Guy Crittendon of Richmond, Va.;
5th Place (Honorable Mention) – Black duck by Richard Clifton, winner of the N.C. Waterfowl Conservation Stamp and Print in 2011 and 2012, of Milford, Del.
Proceeds from sales of the print and stamp support the Wildlife Resources Commission’s Waterfowl Fund, which generates revenue for the conservation of waterfowl habitat in North Carolina.