CHEYENNE - Beginning Jan. 1, The Wyoming Game and Fish Department will begin accepting entries for the upcoming Wyoming Conservation Stamp Art Competition. Wyoming's state reptile, the greater short-horned lizard, commonly referred to as the horned toad, will be the subject for the upcoming contest. The annual event is now in its 29th year.
Each year the Game and Fish selects one species to be the subject of the competition and eventually appear on more than 100,000 conservation stamps. The winning artist also receives a cash award of $3,500. Second place receives $1,500, third $750. The competition is open to professional artists. Entries for the contest will be accepted Jan. 1- March 16. The contest will culminate with judging in Cheyenne on April 13, 2012. The winning artwork will appear on the 2013 Wyoming Conservation Stamp.
Information including rules and deadlines on the Conservation Stamp Art Contest is on the Game and Fish website, by clicking here. Printed rules and entry forms are available and will be mailed to requesting artists. Artists may also choose to review the rules and use the forms on the Game and Fish website.
The greater short horned lizard (Phrynosoma hernandesi) is very common throughout Wyoming and is found in prairie and basin areas throughout the state in elevations below 6,500 feet.
Last year's winning entry featured the black bear and was painted by Renee' Piskorski of Cheyenne. Piskorski'sartwork will appear on the 2012 Conservation Stamp.
(Contact: Al Langston (307) 777-4540)