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Last weekend (Sept. 20th) I watched in awe, humility, and surprise as I won the Federal Duck stamp. The duck stamp is not a postage stamp, but a conservation and hunting stamp, 98% of the sale of which goes directly to buy and protect wetlands. This is a very huge, prestigious event and is the only government-run art contest! I am only the third woman to ever win, and this is only the third time ruddy ducks have been selected.

It is going to lead me on a whirlwind adventure over the nest year, and I invite anyone that is interested in reading about to follow one of my journals (or, 'blogs') as I post about my experiences!

I have a blog on Blogger: duckstampadventure.blogspot.co… This one allows comments.
And one on Tumblr, if you prefer Tumblr: www.tumblr.com/blog/duckstampa…

They are cross-posted so you only need to follow one, whichever is your platform of choice. :)

Thank you all so much for reading!
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:iconbrittam:
BrittaM Featured By Owner Nov 7, 2014
Way behind on things here and just saw this--wanted to give you congratulations, even if it's a month late! Heck of an honor to win!
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:iconnambroth:
Nambroth Featured By Owner Nov 8, 2014  Professional General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconthestormunleashed:
TheStormUnleashed Featured By Owner Oct 31, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
OH WOW!!
sorry I didn't see this until now, but congrats! We keep a running framed collection of all the stamps on our wall at home, I think it's such a great cause. Well done!
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:iconleo-gurl:
leo-gurl Featured By Owner Oct 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Congratulations!
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YemaYema Featured By Owner Oct 10, 2014  Professional General Artist
Congratulations!
I'm sorry if this disappoints you, but I am not surprised to know you won. Your art is so great!
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:iconxylidinegriffin:
XylidineGriffin Featured By Owner Oct 9, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
Yay!! Congrats!!
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:iconsweetquiescence:
sweetquiescence Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014
Congratulations! I can't wait to buy the stamps!
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:iconsaskle:
Saskle Featured By Owner Oct 7, 2014  Student General Artist
Congratulations! All your hard work paid off, at last! :clap:
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:iconlutrasilvereye:
lutrasilvereye Featured By Owner Oct 6, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Congrats! :D From previous years and seeing your older entries I gather its a very tough competition so extra well done (and also 3rd woman ever!!) :)
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snow-phantom Featured By Owner Oct 5, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Congratulation I had a look at that stamp it looks awesome. :)
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:iconunazaki:
Unazaki Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014
WOOHOO COGRATULATIONS!!!
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:iconbluewingedcoyote:
BlueWingedCoyote Featured By Owner Oct 2, 2014
You have such a beautiful style and a real feel for making animals seem to live and breathe. Excited for you and hope you have a great time.
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dragondoodle Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Fantastic! Congrats!
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:iconlike-a-surr:
Like-a-Surr Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Professional General Artist
Congrats!
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ArdenEllenNixon Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014
Congratulations!  That's wonderful and well-deserved.
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:iconmeesteradam:
MeesterAdam Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Professional General Artist
wow, congrats!
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:iconkatepfeilschiefter:
KatePfeilschiefter Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Congrats! Well deserved
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:iconteavian:
Teavian Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014   Digital Artist
Congrats!! I read all about it on your tumblr and twitter, I'm so excited that you won! I just knew you were going to eventually, your paintings are incredible!
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Kylaila Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014
Wow! Congratulations! Great work on the stamp, and even better to be awared for it!!
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Ela-Hara Featured By Owner Sep 30, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Yea!!!!!!!! Congratulations!
I assume this will be for the 2015-2016 Migratory Bird Hunting Season Duck Stamp - correct?
I may need to buy one next year just to have it!

Congrats Again, J! :D
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:iconnambroth:
Nambroth Featured By Owner Oct 1, 2014  Professional General Artist
Yes, it should come out around July 1st (approximately) in 2015!
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:iconedgedfeather:
EdgedFeather Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
That is so incredible! Congratulations!!
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Desertdarlene Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Following both blogs!
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krukof2 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Professional
:clap:
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AoiKita Featured By Owner Edited Sep 29, 2014  Student General Artist
Cool :)
I will finish reading the blog entry again later after I have time,but I almost feel like I am reading a little bit of my own current/early life lol (totally obsessed with collecting Wildlife Fact Files' or realistic animal toys instead of barbies and only drew animalistic beings XD), but so far I feel like I am stuck in that retail part (big box store no less, makes me feel guilty) where I feel at times either hopeful and hopeless about having a respectable job that lines up with my interests/morals at the very least to pay for my art endeavours.

I hope you have fun!
Third woman....hmmm,  I guess men paint ducks more often than woman? lol...
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Keplilly Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Congratulations!
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Kalenai Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Congratulations!  That is really awesome.  ^v^
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graceofbass Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014
I've watched as you have submitted your art year after year and then posted it here on DA, and it is so exciting to see you win! It was only a matter of time. :)
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SilkenWinds Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist Photographer
YAY Go Jennifer! :D
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TigerDragon1001 Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Congratulations, that's amazing! :D
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awesomenessbringdr Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014
How do you cross-posted? I've heard there are ways to set it up so your computer/internet does that for you (instead of manually posting the same things on dif sites)
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:iconnambroth:
Nambroth Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
I'm not sure but I do it manually. It only takes a minute when posting to two sites.
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awesomenessbringdr Featured By Owner Oct 16, 2014
That's true, but I would be posting on 4/5 sites at least :/
Thx anyways
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:iconnambroth:
Nambroth Featured By Owner Oct 17, 2014  Professional General Artist
I am almost 100% sure that some browsers have plugins that allow you to automatically cross-post. I bet google would help.
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awesomenessbringdr Featured By Owner Oct 27, 2014
I should think so. Thx c:
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KreepingSpawn Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Professional Digital Artist
Congratulations!  :D
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:iconkattotang:
KattoTang Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014
Oh wow, that is so cool!  Congratulations!

I'm not surprised though, your artwork is stunning, and you're an inspiration to many people. :3
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:iconmariyaolshevska:
mariyaolshevska Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
Fantastic news! Congratulations! :aww: :clap:
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CarpeDraco Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014
Congratulations, once again, for winning this awesome contest! :hug: :happybounce: :w00t: :hooray:
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:iconlizbeth-lund:
Lizbeth-Lund Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow
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equigoyle Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Wow that's awesome news! Congratulations! Btw I'm following you on your tumblr now. I'm coolladyshae there...
Hope you don't mind. :)
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:iconnambroth:
Nambroth Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
I don't mind at all, thank you!
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:iconranasp:
Ranasp Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Congratulations Nambroth!  That is excellent news!
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:iconjuutwin:
Juutwin Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
congratulations!

So glad to hear it. You're bird paintings are utterly amazing. Which one did you enter?
(as I am horrible at keeping track of anything)
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:iconnambroth:
Nambroth Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014  Professional General Artist
The Federal Duck Stamp (unless I am misunderstanding you?). There are photos in my blogs, linked above in the journal. :) Also see my newest submission.
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:iconjuutwin:
Juutwin Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
To bad it wasn't for the chickens. I have been educated. 

Once again congradulations
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:iconnambroth:
Nambroth Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Professional General Artist
Hah! I do love chickens, but they are not suffering from catastrophic habitat loss like animals that depend on wetlands do. :)
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:iconjuutwin:
Juutwin Featured By Owner Sep 29, 2014  Professional Traditional Artist
but they're chickens they suffer from catastrophic being eaten. Though I guess that doesn't count unless you're a vegetarian...which I am not.
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painted-flamingo Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014
Ah so awesome glad you won this year, congrats! 
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jigsawman571 Featured By Owner Sep 28, 2014
You deserved winning. The painting is awesome.
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