The results are in and the winner of both of Delaware's sporting stamp art contests is Jeffrey Klinefelter.
Klinefelter's painting of a blue winged teal will become the 2014 Delaware Waterfowl Stamp and his painting of a brown trout will become the 2014 Delaware Trout Stamp.
The paintings won top honors in the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife's annual stamp art competition, held April 11 at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village in Dover. This year's competition drew 41 entries for the 2014 Waterfowl Stamp and 13 entries for the 2014 Trout Stamp.
Klinefelter, of Etna Green, Ind., is a resident wildlife artist and has numerous stamp art wins in state competitions, including two past Delaware Waterfowl Stamps and four past Delaware Trout Stamps. Most recently, Klinefelter won the 2013 Duck Stamp competitions in North Carolina, Indiana and Ohio, as well as the Trout Stamp and the Game Bird Stamp in Indiana. Klinefelter first became interested in art at age 5 and began working in oils as a sixth grader and now favors working in gouache and acrylics.
Klinefelter said he was surprised when he heard about his double win.
"To win both is just something else," he said. "I'm very, very pleased… and I'm going to keep painting."
As the Trout Stamp winner, Klinefelter receives $250 and retains the rights to reproduce and sell prints of the stamp. As the Waterfowl Stamp winner, he receives a $2,500 prize and 150 artist's proofs of the limited edition print series of his first place duck entry.
Other contest winners
2014 Waterfowl Stamp: Second place: John Brennan, of Lutz, Fla., Canada goose; third place: Guy Crittenden, of Richmond, Va., northern pintail; honorable mentions: Broderick Crawford of Clayton, Ga., redhead; Brian Blight of Bear Creek, Pa., canvasback; and Ken Michaelsen, of Bandon, Ore., canvasback.
2014 Trout Stamp: second place: Broderick Crawford, of Clayton, Ga., brook trout; third place: Rob Stine, of Eutawvulle, S.C., rainbow trout; honorable mentions: Andrew Kowalski, of Hackettstown, N.J., rainbow trout; Jerome Hageman, of Orchard Park, N.Y., brown trout; and Donnie Hughes, of Lexington, S.C., brook trout.
The winning 2014 Delaware Waterfowl Stamp will be available July 1, 2014, and the winning 2014 Delaware Trout Stamp will be available Jan. 1, 2014.
Waterfowl and Trout Stamp entries are on display through Monday, April 29 at the Delaware Agricultural Museum and Village, located at 866 N. DuPont Highway, Dover, just south of Delaware State University. Museum hours are 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. from Tuesday through Saturday. For more information about the museum, call (302) 734-1618.
The 2014 Waterfowl Stamp judges were Delaware Ducks Unlimited Chairman Louis Caputo, local artist and six-time Delaware Waterfowl Stamp winner Richard Clifton, collector Lloyd Alexander, and biologists Susan Guiteras and Charlie Miller.
Page 2 of 2 - The 2014 Trout Stamp judges were biologist Bill Jones, National Trout Unlimited members Ed O'Donnell and Rick Stephens, Trout Association member Noel Kuhrt and angler Roy Miller.
How it started
DNREC's Division of Fish and Wildlife, in partnership with Ducks Unlimited, began the Delaware Waterfowl Stamp (formerly known as the Delaware Duck Stamp) and print program in 1980 to raise funds for waterfowl conservation, including acquiring and improving the wetland habitats that are vital for the survival of migratory waterfowl. To date, more than $2.5 million has been raised. Waterfowl Stamps go on sale July 1 for $9 and are required, in addition to a general hunting license, when hunting migratory waterfowl in Delaware.
The Division began requiring trout stamps in the 1950s, and a trout stamp and a general fishing license are required to fish in designated trout waters during certain seasons. Trout stamp art was first used in 1977. The fees paid for Trout Stamps are used to purchase rainbow and brown trout from commercial hatcheries. The purchased trout are stocked in two downstate ponds and selected streams in northern New Castle County for Delaware's trout seasons.
Waterfowl and Trout Stamps and general hunting and fishing licenses are available for purchase at Division of Fish and Wildlife offices in the Richardson and Robbins Building, located at 89 Kings Highway in Dover, at license agents throughout the state or online at www.fw.delaware.gov, which also includes a list of license agents. Collector stamps and prints are sold only at the Division's administrative offices.
For more information on Delaware's stamp art competitions, call the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife at (302) 739-9911.