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Casperite’s osprey depiction wins Wyoming Game and Fish collectible stamp art contest

“Osprey” by Justin Hayward (Wyoming Game and Fish Department)

CASPER, Wyo. — The Wyoming Game and Fish Department announced the winners of their 37th annual “Collectible Conservation Stampe Art Show” contest on Monday, April 27.

The theme of the competition was to create a depicition of an osprey. Art created by Casper’s Justin Hayward was selected as the winning entry.

“The winning piece comes from Justin Hayward of Casper’s whose depiction will be featured on the 2021 collectible conservation stamp and limited-edition print,” Game and Fish says. “Hayward’s original piece joins a permanent display of all previous stamp show winners at the Game and Fish Cheyenne headquarters.”

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“All other entries, including placed work, are available for sale until May 1. The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission receives 40% of the sale to support projects for fish and wildlife.”

Because of COVID-19 public gatherings restrictions, Game and Fish was not able to hold an in-person exhibition or open house and awards ceremony this year. But Game and Fish says that judging took place as planned and that winning artworks can be viewed online.

“It wasn’t the typical Game and Fish Collectible Conservation Stamp Art show,” said Margaret James, art show coordinator. “One thing stayed the same, though – the quality of wildlife art continued to impress.”

The winners of the contest are as follows:

  • First Place: Justin Hayward, Casper, Wyoming – “Osprey”
  • Second Place: Mickey Schilling, Loveland, Colorado – “Powder River Storm”
  • Third Place: Buck Spencer, Junction City, Oregon – “Osprey”
  • Fourth Place: Andrew Kneeland, Rock Springs, Wyoming – “Predator & Prey”
  • Lawrence Simons, Leanon, Oregon – ” Osprey with Young”

Honorable mentions included the following:

  • Bill Adair, Gulf Breeze, Florida – “Bring Home the Catch”
  • Jerry Antolik, Hudson, Wyoming – “Success”
  • Kerry Clavadetscher, Lake Forest Park, Washington – “Last to Migrate”
  • Dana Condel, Abernathy, Texas – “Natural Talent”
  • Ronnie Hughes, Anderson, South Carolina- “Fresh Catch”
  • Garrett Jacobs, Orlando, Florida – “Home Builder”
  • Jennifer Kocher-Anderson, Etna, Wyoming – “Lunch Time”
  • Robert Kusserow, Phoenix, Arizona – “Breakfast Time”
  • Kip Richmond, Clayton, North Carolina – “Hunting Osprey”
  • Amanda Romero,  Rock Springs, Wyoming – “Pitstop on Pole Creek”

“For the contest, two biological judges evaluated entries for accuracy based on body coloration (including eye and leg), color pattern, plumage and body shape (including beak) as well as suitable habitat and correct prey type, if depicted,” Game and Fish adds. “Four artistic judges evaluated the artwork for overall quality and ascetics, and ability of the image to be reproduced on a stamp.”

There were 72 entries from 68 artists. Game and Fish says that artists were from 21 states. Wyomingites provided 32 entries.

“The Wyoming competition continues to lead the country among state wildlife stamp art competitions in number of entries, prize money and quality of artwork provided by renowned artists,” James said.

The theme for next year’s contest is the pronghorn, Game and Fish added.