How to participate in the Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp and Print Art Competition

 

New Canadian artists wishing to participate are asked to send an artist’s CV and samples of their work (i.e. online portfolio, website, etc.) to:

Shams Kaddoura – Program Coordinator
skaddoura@whc.org

Upon review of selected artwork, artists accepted to participate will receive an invitation to compete in upcoming art competitions. Interested artists are able to apply at anytime during the year. If they apply after the Intent to Participate Deadline, they will be invited to the following year’s Art Competition.

A detailed competition package will accompany the invitation, including the Competition Agreement.

 

General Rules and Proceedings

ELIGIBILITY

  • Canadian citizens and landed immigrants are eligible to participate in the art competition at the invitation of Wildlife Habitat Canada. If the participant is under the age of 18, a letter of consent signed by the parent(s) or legal guardian is required and must accompany the confirmation of intent to participate.
  • Persons who have previously won the art competition during the preceding three (3) years, are ineligible to submit an entry in the current year’s art competition (E.g. if you won the 2019 Art Competition, the next time you can compete is the 2023 Art Competition).
  • Members of the art competition judging panel, employees and members of the Board of Directors of Wildlife Habitat Canada, employees of the Federal Department of the Environment or Members of Parliament and their immediate families and relatives are ineligible to submit an entry.

 

SUBMISSION PROCEDURE

STEP 1
Read, sign and submit Intent to Participate Form (if submitting after July 31, 2019, please contact Shams Kaddoura).

STEP 2
Start painting! Common Goldeneye (Bucephala clangula)

STEP 3
The following 3 items must be submitted and received by WHC no later than October 31, 2019:
• Painting submission including painting title
• One signed copy of the Competition Agreement
$30 Entry Fee

Please note:

  • Missing any of these steps and/or deadlines may disqualify your painting submission. Please contact us immediately if you think you will miss a deadline.
  • We encourage everyone to use our online process as much as possible to ensure accuracy, reduce paper waste, and avoid delayed mailings.
  • Please do not submit your Entry Fee until you are ready to ship your painting.

 

 

Online Forms                                     – OR –                     By Mail

 

Intent to Participate                                                        Intent to Participate Printable PDF

Entry Fee                                                                       Competition Agreement Printable PDF

 

Mailing Address:

WHC – Art Competition

247-2039 Robertson Road

Ottawa, ON K2H 8R2

REQUIREMENTS FOR THE ENTRY

  • Invited artists must submit only one (1) original entry.
  • Entries must be an original multi-coloured painting in the artist’s choice of medium (no reproductions).
    • Please Note: Pastel submissions will no longer be accepted (as of 2018) due to the fragile nature of the piece and challenges associated with the reproduction of Stamp products.
  • Submissions must be one of the following to be accepted;
    (1)12” x 18”,
    (2) 12 x 16,
    (3) 11x 14, or
    (4) 6 x 8
  • The painting must portray the eligible waterfowl species / migratory game bird in its breeding plumage and natural habitat during breeding season.
  • The habitat of the species must be clearly defined. A landscape design must be incorporated into the painting along with the traditional image of the waterfowl.

 

 

NOTES FOR REPRODUCTION OF THE WINNING PAINTING:

  • The painting must be painted in such a way that the painting (or the cropped portion of the painting) can effectively be reduced to Stamp size and Print size:
    o The Stamp size: 1 1/4″ x 2″
    o The Print size: 6 1/2″ x 9″
  • Sufficient tranquil area must be provided around the eligible bird to allow for the placement of required Stamp text (see Stamp Crop Example of the 2016 winning painting, below):

“Canadian Wildlife Habitat Conservation Stamp
[YEAR]
Timbre sur la conservation des habitats fauniques du Canada
$8.50″

Stamp Crop Example
Original Submission with Crop Outline

Stamp Reproduction of the Cropped Painting

 

JUDGING CRITERIA

  • A minimum of five independent judges are selected for the panel, including an ornithologist and a representative of Environment and Climate Change Canada.
  • Judging criteria includes:
    o  Anatomical and habitat accuracy as depicted in breeding plumage and season;
    o  Artistic composition;
    o  Originality;
    o  Technical suitability for reproduction as a Stamp and a lithographic Print.