Pella Public Library to showcase 2019 Iowa Junior Duck Stamp Contest winners

Olivia Payne’s artwork was named the 2019 Iowa Best of Show winner.

The 2019 Iowa Junior Duck Stamp Contest winners will be on display from Sept. 9 to Sept. 30 at the Pella Public Library.

Visit the library to see amazing artwork from students in grades K-12. The exhibit includes 36 pieces of artwork of Iowa’s first, second and third place winners.

Olivia Payne, a 14-year-old from Knoxville, was the 2019 Iowa Best of Show winner. Payne’s entry was a ruddy duck done in colored pencils. Her original artwork was sent to Washington, D.C. to participate in the national contest and is now traveling the United States as part of the state best of show winners. Raegan Snieder, a student from Pella, was a first place winner in grades 4-6.

The contest is modeled after the Federal Migratory Bird Hunting and Conservation Stamp, commonly known as the “Duck Stamp.” The contest is held annually, and all students in grades K-12 may participate in the contest. The Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program is designed to teach students about waterfowl conservation and wetlands habitat through an art and science-based curriculum.

Entries for the 2020 contest must be postmarked by March 15, 2020. Please check the Junior Duck Stamp website for instructions on mailing your entry. For more information about the contest, contact Doreen Van Ryswyk at the Neal Smith National Wildlife Refuge at 515-994-3400 or visit the website at

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