Brewer teen wins Maine duck stamp contest

BREWER, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- For about 25 years, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service has held an annual art contest to teach students about wetlands and waterfowl conservation. A drawing by 14-year-old Abigail Bennett of Brewer, won Best of Show in the Maine competition of the 2014 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest. Abigail entered a drawing of a Blue-winged Teal and her entry was chosen from the 483 received from fifteen schools and groups throughout Maine.

Her artwork will now be displayed on the national stage. Abigail's drawing will now compete against the Best of Show from every state. She believes she has a leg up on her competitors due to the lack of color in her work.

"I did it in black or white and I know a lot of the entries are in color. Probably the most challenging thing was drawing the water cause of like the reflection and the ripples and you have to get it all just right. "

Abigail said this duck reminds her of Maine and she hopes it will take her to first place at the national level.

"If it gets chosen then it's going to be on the official duck stamp."

Abigail's artwork will be included in an exhibit that will tour the United States in the coming year. If she wins first at nationals then her duck stamp will be seen by millions as a Federal Junior Duck Stamp.


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