Duck stamp contest puts feather in artist's cap
November 7, 1997
Web posted at: 3:42 p.m. EST (2042 GMT)
WASHINGTON (CNN) -- Robert Steiner is the latest winner of an annual nationwide competition to design a stamp to be affixed to hunting licenses. The San Francisco artist's work was selected out of a group of finalists on Thursday.
Steiner, 48, has entered his paintings in state and federal contests for the past 17 years, and has won more than 40 runoffs at the state level. The winning painting is actually a reworked version of one that placed third in the same competition two years ago, he said.
The stamp design will be formally presented at a ceremony in Washington July 1, 1998, ahead of next year's hunting season.
The Federal Duck Stamp is part of a conservation effort dating back to the 1930s. Proceeds from the $15 stamp help pay for the federal purchase and preservation of wetlands. The program is credited with increasing the number of migratory birds.