Ducks Unlimited sponsored the documentary Million Dollar Duck during a special viewing at the 2018 Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest, held Sept. 14 and 15 at Springs Preserve in Las Vegas. Ducks Unlimited’s Regional Director for Nevada Michael Carion and DU volunteers Jason (district chair in Las Vegas) and Annie Mace represented Ducks Unlimited at the weekend event, accepting a sponsorship award on the organization’s behalf.
The Federal Duck Stamp began as a federal conservation effort and has turned into a career-making art competition for wildlife painters. Since the initiative was launched in 1934, the sale of duck stamps has raised over $1 billion dollars for the acquisition and preservation of more than 6 million acres of waterfowl habitat. This was the first year the competition was staged in Las Vegas, held with the theme, “Celebrating Our Waterfowl Hunting Heritage.”
This year’s competition drew 153 entries and were judged based on their accuracy and composition by a panel of five noted experts in fine art, biology and graphic design. Scot Storm of Freeport, Minnesota, was declared the 2018 winner, while Wisconsin artists Frank Mittlestadt took second and Greg Alexander took third.
The movie Million Dollar Duck follows the humorous and heartfelt journey of six wildlife artists competing to win the 2016 Federal Duck Stamp Contest.