Friday, April 28, 2000Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks is seeking original artwork for the 2001 migratory bird stamp design competition. The stamp will feature a scene from Montana's past 100 years, in celebration of FWP's first century supporting the people of Montana in their fish, wildlife, parks and habitat conservation efforts.
The competition is open to Montana artists and the artwork must be original and not entered in competition in any other state or federal waterfowl stamp program.
The centennial theme is a requirement of the stamp design. Competition rules call for the background of the design to feature a sternwheeler steamboat of the size and vintage that worked on the Missouri River during the late 1800s. The boat should be shown in a true-to-life setting on the Missouri in the vicinity of Fort Benton, in Choteau County. The foreground of the design will feature a migratory bird in flight of a species that occurred in that area at that time, such as mallard, Canada goose, or trumpeter swan.
Funds from sale of the stamp go to wetlands protection and conservation in Montana.
Artists interested in submitting work for this competition should contact the Wildlife Division of Montana Fish, Wildlife & Parks in Helena (406-444-2612) for a request for proposal form. This form and the artists submission must be received by the FWP Wildlife Division by October 15, 2000.