Heritage Art Awards Highlight Original Waterfowl Compositions

The genesis of the Waterfowl Festival was initiated some 50+ years ago by a number of individuals who shared a common belief in the beauty of abundant waterfowl thriving in their habitat throughout the Chesapeake Bay Watershed and nearby coastal bays…spanning more than 64,000 square miles and encompassing parts of six states – Delaware, Maryland, New York, Pennsylvania, Virginia and West Virginia – and the entire District of Columbia.

Artwork featuring various waterfowl plus waterfowl habitat areas, vistas, etc., has always been a very important theme for the Waterfowl Festival. In recognition of the Festival’s 50th Anniversary, the Waterfowl Festival has received a generous contribution of $5,000 to be used solely for cash awards for original waterfowl compositions [e.g., waterfowl and/or scenes depicting waterfowl & their habitat] to be judged and ultimately displayed and offered for sale at this year’s Festival. Artists submitted their intent to participate in the award program and their winning pieces will be displayed at Premiere Night this Thursday. Winning pieces will be displayed with ribbons in the artists’ booths after Thursday’s announcements.

Artwork submitted will be judged on the following criteria —Visual Appeal (attractiveness & creativity of the composition, regarding spatial balance, lighting and harmony of subject(s) and background); Anatomical Details of Species (level and accuracy of detail in all aspects of the anatomy and coloration of the chosen waterfowl species); Habitat Accuracy (appropriateness and detail depiction of the waterfowl species habitat) and General Rendering (inter-relationship, accuracy and depiction of all individual and collective elements of the composition.)


Awards Include

  • 1st place winner will receive a cash award of $2,500 plus certificate and ribbon;
  • 2nd place winner will receive a cash award of $1,500 plus certificate and ribbon;
  • 3rd place will receive a cash award of $1,000 plus certificate and ribbon