Justin Hayward winner of the Collectible Conservation Stamp Art Show
The Wyoming Game and Fish Department extends congratulations to the winners of the Collectible Conservation Stamp Art Show. The 40th annual contest featured the beaver. The winning piece came from Justin Hayward of Casper, Wyoming, and will be featured on the 2024 collectible conservation stamp and limited-edition print.

“The beaver is known as nature’s engineer and the ponds they create provide important wetland habitat for many species of wildlife,” said Chris Martin, Game and Fish visual communications supervisor and coordinator of this year’s contest. “The engineering capabilities of the beaver was a characteristic captured by many artists.”

Adult contest winners include:
  • First Place: Justin Hayward of Casper, Wyoming
  • Second Place: Mickey Schilling of Loveland, Colorado
  • Third Place: Robert Barton Fowler of Rose City, Michigan
  • Fourth Place: Jeffrey Klinfelter of Etna Green, Indiana 
  • Fifth Place:  Kim Diment of Grayling, Michigan 
Honorable mentions, listed alphabetically:
  • Anne Harder of Lovell, Wyoming
  • Becky McCall of Sparks, Nevada
  • Dan Andrews of Denver, Colorado
  • Dr. Megan Beavers of Farson, Wyoming
  • Ginger MacIntire of Saint Anthony, Idaho
  • John W. Galbreath Jr. of Navarre, Florida
  • Jordan Sauer of Laramie, Wyoming
  • Juan Gomez of Quebec, Canada
  • Michael P. Ashmen of Summerville, South Carolina
  • Paul Twitchell from West Point, Utah
For the first time this year, Wyoming youth were able to participate in their own contest alongside professional artists. 

Youth contest winners include:

K-2nd Grade:
  • First Place - Katelynne H. from Pioneer Park Elementary (Teacher Mrs. Gilfillan)
  • Second Place - Sterling L. from Gannett Peak Elementary (Teacher Mrs. Pruett)
  • Third Place Braeley P. from Gannett Peak Elementary (Teacher Mrs. Pruett)
3rd-5th Grade:
  • First Place - Zerah M. from Slade Elementary (Teacher Paige Gustafson)
  • Second Place - Emily P. from Slade Elementary (Teacher Paige Gustafson)
  • Third Place - Ewan B. from Pioneer Park Elementary (Teacher Mrs. Gilfillan)
6th-8th Grade
  • First Place - Anna M. from Wyoming Connections Academy (Teacher Paige Bacon)
  • Second Place - Kaitlyn B. from SageValley Junior High (Teacher Molly Hubult)
  • Third Place - Rowan D. from Pioneer Park Elementary (Teacher Mrs. Gilfillan)
9th-12th Grade:
  • First Place - Tavia O. from Kelly Walsh High School
Two biological judges evaluated entries for accuracy. Four artistic judges evaluated the artwork for overall quality, aesthetics and ability of the image to be reproduced on a stamp. 

Contest judging took place in person and online. Game and Fish received 64 entries from 23 states, including 26 entries from Wyoming artists. Roughly a third of the entries were from first-time entrants. Watch a slideshow of all entries.

Hayward’s original piece joins a collection of previous stamp show winners at the Game and Fish Cheyenne headquarters. All other entries, including placed work, are available for sale until June 1. The Wyoming Game and Fish Commission receives 40 percent of the sale to support projects for fish and wildlife. If interested in purchasing any of the artwork, call 307-777-4570, stop by the Game and Fish Gift Shop in the Headquarters building or purchase online.

The subject for the 2025 show will be the western tanager.
Breanna Ball, Public Information Officer - (breanna.ball1@wyo.gov)

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