Blue-winged teal will be featured on the 2015 Louisiana Duck Stamp, and the Louisiana Department of Wildlife and Fisheries is encouraging artists to submit original artwork for the competition.

Unlike recent years, where artist could submit paintings of their choice, the department has selected blue-winged teal to be the highlighted species for 2015.

According to a press release, blue-wings have become the second-most abundant species in Louisiana hunters’ bags over the past five years.

“Hunters anticipate their arrival in time for the September teal season, and enough blue-wings stick around to become an important part of the regular duck season as well,” said Larry Reynolds, LDWF’s waterfowl study leader.

Judging will be based on five criteria, including accuracy, detail of the waterfowl, depiction of habitat, composition and suitability for reproduction.

To enter, an artist must submit an original unpublished work of art, along with a signed and notarized agreement plus a $50 entry fee. 

For more information on the rules and timeframe of the contest, click here