For Immediate Release
Bob Ellis, Deputy Director, Bureau of Wildlife Resources, (804) 367-6878
NOTE: This news release was distributed on 7/1/2013. The information below may no longer be the most up-to-date information available, or may pertain solely to events that occurred in the past. Please contact the person listed as the contact person for this release for the most current information.
New Virginia Migratory Duck Stamp Now on Sale - Artist Janet Hong Wins Contest
Attention duck hunters, wildlife enthusiasts and stamp collectors: beginning today, July 1, 2013, the annual Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp is available for purchase. The artwork for the stamp depicts a pair of drake hooded mergansers floating on a pond with their reflections visible in the calm waters while a hen keeps a watchful eye on them from a moss covered log. A judging panel made up of Virginia Department of Game and Inland Fisheries officials and representatives from Ducks Unlimited, the Virginia Waterfowlers' Association, the LOC Chapter of VA Waterfowl USA, and the Rappahannock River Chapter of Delta Waterfowl chose the winning artwork. The winning artist, Janet Hong, resides in Chesapeake. She is the first woman to win the annual duck stamp competition. Janet also placed second in the competition with her artwork depicting a pair of wood ducks.
Janet was raised in rural northeastern Pennsylvania where she spent time exploring the woods and meadows, learning to enjoy nature at an early age. She began drawing and painting birds and small mammals while in high school and attended private classes working with pastels. After marriage, she continued to paint but much of her time was devoted to her job and four children. After moving to Virginia she attended seminars at Old Dominion University and Tidewater Community College, as well as those given by private artists.
She frequents parks, beaches, woodland areas and visits Sylvan Duck Avery in Scotland Neck, NC, taking pictures and creating thumbnail sketches of wildlife in their natural habitat. Most of her work is acrylic on various surfaces, but occasionally she uses watercolor, gouache or oils.
She has exhibited her artwork at wildlife art shows for thirty years. She has shown at the Virginia Beach Boardwalk Show, Portsmouth Seawall Art Show, East Carolina Wildlife Arts Festival, Currituck Wildlife Festival, and Chincoteague Decoy and Art Show. She has awards for "Best in Show" as well as numerous "Second Place" and "Purchase Awards."
A Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp is required of all persons (unless license exempt) 16 years of age and older hunting or taking any migratory waterfowl (ducks, geese, brant and swans) within the Commonwealth. Funds generated from all sales of the Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp are placed in the Department's Game Protection Fund and are accounted for separately, designated as the Virginia Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp Fund. After administrative costs, fifty percent of the monies in the fund goes into the Department's waterfowl program to use to protect, preserve, restore, enhance and develop waterfowl habitat in Virginia, while the remaining fifty percent is used to contract with appropriate nonprofit organizations for cooperative waterfowl habitat improvement projects in Virginia and for projects in eastern Canada that provide habitat conservation and improvement on the breeding grounds of ducks and other migratory species that winter in Virginia.
The annual Migratory Waterfowl Conservation Stamp can be purchased for a fee of $10 (resident or non-resident) at license agents or clerks who sell Virginia hunting licenses or from the Department's website. Last year, 22,464 duck stamps were sold bringing in $224,640. For more information on waterfowl hunting in Virginia, visit the Department's website at www.dgif.virginia.gov.
A photograph of the winning artwork is available by contacting Lee.Walker@dgif.virginia.gov