Two artists won top honors in the Delaware’s Waterfowl and trout stamp art contests.

A painting of a long-tailed duck and a black labrador retriever by Richard Clifton, of Milford, a past Federal duck stamp competition winner, who also has captured best in show in numerous state duck stamp contests, will be on the 2019-20 Delaware waterfowl stamp.

A painting of a brook trout by Broderick Crawford of Clayton, Georgia, will be on the 2019 Delaware trout stamp.

Clifton and Crawford were chosen by contest judges in the DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife’s annual stamp art competition, with the judging April 12 at the Dover Public Library. The stamp contests drew 30 entries for the 2019-20 waterfowl stamp and 16 entries for the 2019 trout stamp. The 39th annual waterfowl stamp contest specified that submitted artwork must include a long-tailed duck and a black labrador retriever. The trout stamp artwork can feature one or more species of brown, brook or rainbow trout in a setting or environment found in Delaware.

As the 2019-20 waterfowl stamp winner, Richard Clifton receives a $2,500 prize and 150 artist’s proofs of the limited edition print series of his first-place entry. Clifton, who resides on a historic family farm near Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge, is an avid hunter and self-taught wildlife artist who works in acrylics with waterfowl as one of his favorite subjects. He has painted 51 winning duck stamps, including eight Delaware waterfowl stamps, the 1996 Australian Duck Stamp and the 2007-08 Federal Duck Stamp and is the current Ducks Unlimited International Artist of the Year.

As the 2019 trout stamp winner, Broderick Crawford receives $250 and retains the rights to reproduce and sell prints of the stamp. Broderick grew up in the southern Appalachians exploring streams and mountain sides. He is an avid fly fisherman and supporter of Trout Unlimited. His favorite fish has always been the brook trout. A few years back he won the competition in Georgia with a brook trout for the Trout Unlimited vehicle tag in that state. Crawford is a wildlife and sporting art artist working in mostly acrylic paints who has entered and placed in Delaware’s stamp several times.

The winning 2019-20 Delaware waterfowl stamp will be available July 1, 2019, and the winning 2019 Delaware trout stamp will be available Jan. 1, 2019.

To see the winning waterfowl stamp entries, visit bit.ly/2rdOTIo; to see the winning trout stamp entries, visit bit.ly/2FF0uog.

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502 Bradford: George Bradford, of Georgetown, won second place in the state’s 2019 trout stamp contest for his painting of a brown trout. [PHOTO PROVIDED]