A New Jersey artist was selected as the winner of the 2018 Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp in a competition sponsored by the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries.

Tim Taylor of Mount Arlington, N.J. was selected as the winner, and his painting of a pair of canvasbacks flying a cloud-filled sky will be featured on what is commonly called the Louisiana Duck Stamp.

“This year we received 15 entries, which was down from the recent past but overall the entries were much higher quality,’’ said Larry Reynold’s, the LDWF Waterfowl Program Manager. “The winning entry is an amazing piece of artwork. The detail is amazing. It’s going to make a great stamp because of the contrast between the bird and the background. The judging was as clear as it could be. The winning entry got the top score from all five judges in the first round and was the  unanimous first place choice in the second.’’

Garrett Jacobs of Orlando, Fla., was the runner-up for the second year in a row, and Tony Bernard, the 2015 and 2008 Louisiana Duck Stamp winner, was third.

The Louisiana Waterfowl Conservation Stamp program was established in 1988 by the Louisiana Legislature to generate revenue for conservation and enhancement of state wetlands, benefitting migratory waterfowl overwintering in Louisiana. The program has generated almost $13 million for wetlands conservation in Louisiana since 1989. 

The 2018 stamp featuring Taylor’s artwork will go on sale June 1, 2018.