Can you imagine the pride of knowing that your artwork was good enough to be featured on the 2023 Louisiana Duck Stamp?

Louisiana's own Elaine Erikson knows the feeling for sure. Her image, shown above, will be featured on the 2022 Louisiana Duck stamp and perfectly depicts a pair of this year's featured ducks, the fulvous whistling duck. The Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp bearing her design will go on sale June 1, 2022.

Ahead of that, the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries has already announced the rules and timeframe for the 2023 Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp, or Louisiana Duck Stamp, competition.

According to Jason Olszak, LDWF's Waterfowl Program Manager, “Bufflehead will be the featured species in this year’s competition.”

Olszak also reminds artists of the requirement for associated habitat, stating, "The primary objective of this program is to provide revenue to create, enhance and maintain habitat for waterfowl and associated wetland wildlife so a habitat component is required in each entry and is one of the five judging criteria.”

To enter, an artist must submit an original, unpublished work of art, along with a signed and notarized artist's agreement and a $50 entry fee. Entries should be addressed to:

Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries
Attn: Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp Program
2000 Quail Drive
Baton Rouge, LA 70808

Entries will be accepted from October 17 through October 25, 2022, with the contest to be held in the Joe Herring Louisiana Room at the LDWF Headquarters building, beginning at 10:00 am on Oct. 26, 2022. The public is invited to attend.


For more information or to see a complete list of all the rules, go to

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