Minnesota artist Joseph Hautman wins 2022 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest
The Federal Duck Stamp, which sells for $25, raises approximately $40 million in sales each year. Funds from stamp sales support critical conservation to protect wetland habitats in the National Wildlife Refuge System.
FALLS CHURCH, Va. – For the sixth time, Minnesota artist Joseph Hautman is winner of the Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest.
After two days of competition, Hautman of Plymouth, Minn., won the 2022 contest with his painting of three tundra swans flying over a wetland. The announcement was made via livestream at U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service headquarters in Virginia.
Hautman’s acrylic painting will be made into the 2023-2024 Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp – or “Duck Stamp” – which will go on sale in late June 2023. The FWS produces the Federal Duck Stamp, which sells for $25 and raises approximately $40 million in sales each year. Funds from stamp sales support critical conservation to protect wetland habitats in the National Wildlife Refuge System for the benefit of wildlife and the enjoyment of people.
“The Duck Stamp Contest is one of my very favorite events every year!” Martha Williams, director of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, said in a statement. “I am always impressed with the caliber of the art submitted, and each and every entry reminds us of the beauty of the natural world the Duck Stamp is designed to protect. I encourage everyone to buy a Duck Stamp as it makes a real impact in conserving wetlands habitats for waterfowl and many other wildlife species.”
Since it was first established in 1934, sales of the Federal Duck Stamp to hunters, birdwatchers, outdoor enthusiasts and collectors have raised more than $1.1 billion to conserve over 6 million acres of habitat for birds and other wildlife and provide countless opportunities for wildlife-oriented recreation on public lands.
There were 187 entries for this year’s competition, with 54 entries making it to the final round of judging. Frank Mittelstadt of Beaver Dam, Wis., placed second with his acrylic painting of tundra swans, and Robert Hautman of Delano, Minn., took third place with his acrylic painting of an American wigeon.
Waterfowl hunters age 16 and older are required to purchase and carry a current Federal Duck Stamp. Many nonhunters, including birdwatchers, conservationists, stamp collectors and others also purchase the stamp in support of habitat conservation. Additionally, a current Federal Duck Stamp can be used for free admission to any national wildlife refuge that charges an entry fee.