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DNR Encourages Artists to Enter the 12th Annual Black Bear Conservation Stamp Design Contest
ANNAPOLIS, MD — The Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) will accept original artwork submissions for the 12th Annual Black Bear Conservation Stamp Design Contest through March 21. Proceeds from the sale of the Black Bear Stamps support the Black Bear Conservation Fund which is used to compensate Maryland farmers for agricultural damage caused by black bears.
“We are pleased that a record twenty-five artists from twelve different states submitted entries into last year’s contest,” said Paul Peditto, Director of the DNR Wildlife and Heritage Service.
Artists, residents and non-residents alike, may submit one entry for a $10 fee. All two dimensional entered designs, except photographs and computer generated art, in either black and white or color will be accepted and must be the artist’s original work. The design entries must be horizontal in orientation and be 7 inches in height by 10 inches in width. The entry fee, signed "Agreement to Enter the Contest" form, and entries with completed "Entry Identification Forms" attached to the back must be received via mail by 4:00 p.m. on March 21, 2008 at DNR Wildlife & Heritage Service, Attn: Doug Wigfield, 201 Baptist Street, Suite 22, Salisbury, MD 21801.
The contest will be judged on Saturday, March 29, 2008, at the William G. McGowan Academic Center, Capitol College in Laurel immediately following the judging of the Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp Design Contest, which starts at noon. Contestants and the public are invited to attend the contest judging process. Admission is free.
For complete contest rules visit www.dnr.state.md.us/wildlife/bbcp/bbstampcontest.html or contact Doug Wigfield, Contest Coordinator, at 410-713-3852 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
January 3, 2008
Contact: Olivia Campbell
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Maryland Department of Natural Resources (DNR) is the state agency responsible for providing natural and living resource-related services to citizens and visitors. DNR manages more than 449,000 acres of public lands and 17,000 miles of waterways, along with Maryland's forests, fisheries and wildlife for maximum environmental, economic and quality of life benefits. A national leader in land conservation, DNR-managed parks and natural, historic and cultural resources attract 12 million visitors annually. DNR is the lead agency in Maryland's effort to restore the Chesapeake Bay, the state's number one environmental priority. Learn more at www.dnr.maryland.gov