An acrylic painting titled “Midday Flow,” submitted by Daniel Schumacher, 18, of Linton, N.D., has been selected by judges to be the 2021 Best of Show winner in the North Dakota Junior Duck Stamp Contest.

The artist has claimed the Best of Show title for a fourth year in a row. His 2021 entry features a Redhead resting in the sun on gently rippling vibrant blue water. As a high school senior, this is his eighth and final year competing in the Junior Duck Stamp contest that is open to all youth grades K-12.

Schumacher was first introduced to the Junior Duck Stamp contest by his then fifth grade teacher at Linton Public Schools, Erin Huber, who is now the K-6 principal at the school.

On April 16, Schumacher’s artwork will compete in the Federal Junior Duck Stamp Contest against competitors from all 50 states and four U.S. territories. Scholarships are awarded to the top three artists and the winning conservation message in the national contest.

In his fourth year entering the contest, 18-year-old Jared Eggermont of Valley City, N.D, received Runner-up Best of Show honors with his colored pencil and acrylic paint entry of a drake American widgeon relaxing on calm waters.

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The conservation message portion contest is judged anonymously by U.S. Fish and Wildlife staff across the state. This year’s winning North Dakota Conservation Message was also submitted by Schumacher. He wrote “Conservation protects more than just land. It protects nature, humanity, and a way of life.” Schumacher's message will also compete in the national competition on April 16.

The annual award ceremony traditionally held in-person the first week in May will take place via Zoom at a later date. All participating classrooms, home schools, clubs or individuals that entered this year’s contest will receive an email invite. Students placing in the top three in the competition will receive their award package by mail. Winning artwork will be exhibited throughout the state at national wildlife refuges, events, zoos, shopping malls, schools, Fargo Scheels, the state Capitol and other locations throughout the year. Winning artwork can also be viewed on the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service’s Mountain Prairie Flickr page at https://bit.ly/3rsbmxm

For more information on athe contest, contact the North Dakota Junior Duck Stamp coordinator at colleen_graue@fws.gov.