Delaware Waterfowl Stamp Contest Rules

The Delaware Waterfowl Stamp Art Contest will take place in the late summer or fall of 2022. Judging dates will be set based on the progress of Delaware’s COVID-19 response and the need to protect public health. When dates are set, DNREC will notify artists and post the dates here.

Contest Rules Summary

Here are the basics. Please see the 2022 Stamp Art Contest Artist Agreement and Contest Entry Form for a full set of the rules.

Artwork entries for the contest to be held in 2022 must depict a Wood Duck in Bottomland Hardwood Swamp habitat. The Bottomland Hardwood Swamp habitat scene shall depict habitat typical of Delaware. The background may also include any other related subjects (e.g., duck boats, blinds, dogs, decoys, nest boxes); however, the waterfowl subject must be the focal point of the artwork.

Artists participating in the Waterfowl Stamp Art Contest are limited to one entry.

The “Best in Show” winning artist receives $2,500 cash award and 150 artist proofs of a limited-edition print series.

The artwork selected as “Best in Show” during the 2022 contest will be featured on the Delaware Waterfowl Stamp issued for the July 1, 2023 to June 30, 2024 hunting year.

Each entry should be delivered or mailed to:
Danielle Davis
DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife
89 Kings Highway
Dover, DE 19901
Telephone: 302-739-9918

How to Enter

Read the 2022 Stamp Art Contest Artist Agreement and submit one completed and signed Contest Entry Form with each artwork entry postmarked on or before 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on Friday, Aug. 5, 2022.


All U.S. citizens, who are at least 18 years of age by January 1, 2022, are eligible to participate notwithstanding ineligibility criteria.

Any person who has won “Best in Show” in Delaware’s Waterfowl Stamp Art Contest held the preceding year will be ineligible to submit an entry in Delaware’s current year Waterfowl Stamp Art Contest.

Members of the contest judging panel and their immediate relatives are ineligible.


Artists are strongly encouraged to apply the judging criteria in the development of their submitted artwork. Entries will be judged on the following criteria:  suitability for reproduction as a stamp; habitat depiction; anatomical accuracy; and artistic composition to include spatial balance, lighting, and harmony of subject and background.

The judging panel will include five members from various categories of experience or expertise, such as a Ducks Unlimited representative, a member of DNREC’s Advisory Council on Wildlife and Freshwater Fish, a hunter, a biologist, a stamp or print collector, or an art instructor.

For a complete set of rules, please see the 2022 Stamp Art Contest Artist Agreement and Contest Entry Form.