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Salisbury Artist Wins 2012-2013 Annual Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp Design Contest

Duck Stamp Contest Winner

Annapolis, Md. (March 29, 2012) — Wilhelm J. Goebel from Salisbury won the 38th annual Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp Design Contest with his painting, Elegant Pair, of a pair of American Wigeons.

“I am honored to have had one of my paintings selected as the image for the 2012-2013 Maryland Waterfowl stamp,” said Goebel. “I am an avid duck hunter and am mindful of where the money from Maryland Game Bird Stamp goes and support these conservation efforts.”

Goebel’s winning work was selected out of 24 entries from nine Maryland artists. The entries were judged before a crowd on March 25 at the 23rd Patuxent Wildlife Art Show, held at the National Wildlife Visitors Center in Laurel, Md. The contest is the fourth oldest in the country and is restricted to Maryland residents only.

Goebel's paintings have been featured in many publications including Outdoor Life, National Wildlife, Birdwatcher's Digest, Sporting Classics and Wildlife Art magazine, to name a few. His work is displayed in numerous galleries and museums in the United States and Canada including the Leigh Yawkey Woodson Art Museum, the Bennington Center for the Arts, the U.S. Postal Museum and the National Wildlife Federation. This is the third time his entry was selected as the winning artwork for the Maryland Game Bird Stamp Design Contest. For more of Goebel’s work, visit wjgoebel.com.

The Maryland Migratory Game Bird Stamp Design Contest showcases the talents of Maryland’s gifted wildlife artists while raising funds for the conservation. Migratory game bird hunters are required to purchase these stamps and the proceeds are used to fund migratory game bird research and habitat enhancement on the State’s public lands. More than $6 million in stamp sales have been spent on migratory game projects since the beginning of the stamps in 1974.


   March 29, 2012

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