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Artists of all ages and skill levels welcome to submit work in three categories.

COURTESY RENDERING: ODFW - The ODFW is inviting artists near and far to compete in one or all three of its annual stamp art competitions.

If you are an artist with a penchant for wildlife, the Oregon Department of Wildlife has got just the contest for you.

The ODFW is inviting artists near and far to compete in one or all three of its annual stamp art competitions. The winner in each category will receive a $2,000 award and their artwork will be "used to produce collector stamps and other promotional items with sale proceeds benefiting Oregon's fish, wildlife and their habitats," according to a press release. Art from all skill levels and ages will be accepted.COURESY RENDERING: ODFW - The contest is broken down into three categories: Habitat Conservation Stamp, Waterfowl Stamp Contest and Upland Game Bird Stamp Contest.

The contest is broken down into three categories: Habitat Conservation Stamp, Waterfowl Stamp Contest and Upland Game Bird Stamp Contest.

Entries in the Habitat Conservation Stamp contest must feature an eligible species from the Oregon Conservation Strategy depicted in its natural habitat. The category includes birds, mammals, reptiles, amphibians, fish, invertebrates, plants and algae. Entries in the Waterfowl Stamp Contest must feature a Northern Shoveler duck, also depicted in its native habitat. Finally, entries in the Upland Game Bird Stamp contest are required to feature a Chukar partridge in its natural setting.

A panel of judges, the release said, will judge the entries on artistic composition, anatomical accuracy of the species and general appeal. All of the art works submitted will be showcased at an art show open to the public.

For more information — including details on each contest, contest rules and to order prints — visit dfw.state.or.us/stamp_contest/index.asp. Entries will be accepted from Aug. 27 through Sept. 24 at ODFW headquarters, 4034 Fairview Industrial Drive S.E., Salem OR 97302. Artwork may also be hand-delivered. For more information, call Roxie Borisch, 503-947-6314.


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