Conservation Through the Arts

South Dakota

  Jr. Duck Stamp Contest


                                                   Best of Show

About the Judging

The 2012 South Dakota Junior Duck Stamp Judging began at 8:00 am on Saturday, March 24th at the Pavilion in the Spearfish City Park.  This year’s judges were:

  1. Bruce Speidel, Wildlife Artist

  2. Les Voorhis, Wildlife and Nature Photographer

  3. Laurie Root, Naturalist with the South Dakota Department of Game, Fish, and Parks

  4. Steve Fairbairn, Wildlife Biologist with the Partners for Fish and Wildlife, a program of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service

  5. Bill Grainger, Artist

A crew of 5 volunteers were on hand to ensure the coordinated display and movement of the artwork during the judging process.

Judging Procedure

Junior Duck artwork is judged by a process of elimination.  All of the artwork for an age group is displayed on tables, and each judge selects 10 pieces of art to keep in the competition.  Thus, after the first round of elimination, all but 50 pieces are removed from competition.  Next, each judge selects 5 piece they would like to see advance to the next round, thus cutting the number of pieces down to 25.  Then, each judge selects 3 pieces, reducing the number of entries down to 15.  During the next two eliminations, eliminated art is marked “Honorable Mention”.  The judges then score the remaining 10 pieces.  The three highest scores are marked “First Place.”  The next are marked “Second Place,” the next pieces are marked ‘Third Place,” and the final piece is marked “Honorable Mention.” This process is repeated for all four age groups.  Finally, all 12 “First Place” pieces are judged for “Best of Show.” 

The entire judging process takes about four hours.  During the judging, there are no artist names, hometowns, or schools visible to the judges or the spectators; the judging is completely anonymous.  No one is allowed to discuss the artwork with the judges, and they may not discuss amongst each other.  The only person who may touch the artwork is the contest coordinator.

Following judging, the art entries are open for public viewing.  Approximately 100 people came to view the artwork.

    Students from Spearfish who stopped

by after the judging show off their

artwork that they entered (2012).

Conservation Message Winner

Grace Bailey, Roscoe

Tomorrow’s future starts today. Preserve and conserve.

2012 Judges  (left to right) Steve Fairbairn (judge), Les Voorhis(judge), Bill Grainger (judge), Bruce Speidel (judge), and Laurie Root (judge).

Best of Show

Quinn Kriell, Group IV
Age 17, Beresford, SD

Quinn Kribell, Beresford

If you earned a First, Second or Third Place award for your age group:

Congratulations!  You are invited to the SD Junior Duck Awards Luncheon in Chamberlain, SD, on Saturday, April 20th, 2013. You will be recognized for your outstanding artwork, and you will receive your prizes at this time.






If you earned an Honorable Mention:

Nice job! You will receive your award ribbon, certificate and artwork shortly. These will be mailed to your school or home.

If you did not place or receive an honorable mention:

With over 700 pieces of art entered this year, the judges had to pass over a lot of very, very good art. Just because your piece wasn’t selected this year doesn’t mean that you didn’t have a great piece of artwork. We thank you for participating and sincerely hope you’ll enter again in next years contest! Your artwork will be returned to your school or home shortly.