Rushford artist wins Migratory Waterfowl Stamp contest

September 16, 2019

The 2020 Minnesota Migratory Waterfowl Stamp will feature a painting of a pair of snow geese by Rushford artist Michael Sieve, who won the annual waterfowl stamp contest sponsored by the Department of Natural Resources. It was Sieve’s first time winning this contest. 

2020 Waterfowl Stamp. First Place: Michaels Sieve

Fifteen artists submitted entries and two advanced as finalists in the Sept. 5 contest at the DNR’s Central Office in St. Paul. The other finalist was Scot Storm from Freeport. A five-member panel of judges from the DNR, Minnesota Cooperative Fish and Wildlife Research Unit, and U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service selected the winning design.

The $7.50 Duck Stamp is required of all Minnesota waterfowl hunters ages 18 through 64. Stamp sales generate about $700,000 per year for waterfowl habitat enhancement projects.

The DNR offers no prizes for the stamp contest winner, but the winning artist retains the right to reproduce the work. Each year the entries are limited to a predetermined species that breeds in or migrates through Minnesota. The eligible species for the 2021 stamp design will be the greater scaup.

More information about habitat stamps is available on the fish and wildlife habitat stamp program page.