Duck stamp winner unveiled

Published 5:50 pm Friday, February 10, 2017

Richard Clifton’s painting of a pair of gadwalls is the winner of the 2017 North Carolina Waterfowl Conservation Stamp competition, held last month at the Washington Civic Center. The painting and the four other top-five entries in the contest, were unveiled Thursday night at the North Carolina Estuarium, where they will be displayed. Clifton has won 46 duck-stamp contests in several states, the Australian duck-stamp contest in 1996 and the 2007-2008 federal duck-stamp competition. He’s a previous winner of the North Carolina duck-stamp contest. Clifton’s entry scored 41 of a possible 45 points. Scot Storm finished second, followed by John Brennan in third place, Jeffrey Klinefelter in fourth place and James Hautman in fifth place. The first-place entry will be used as the artwork for the prints and stamps sold to help pay for North Carolina’s portion of the North American Waterfowl Management Plan, an international agreement aimed at protecting waterfowl and waterfowl habitat. The sales of prints and stamps also support waterfowl research and purchases equipment used in wetlands management.


About Mike Voss

Mike Voss is the contributing editor at the Washington Daily News. He has a daughter and four grandchildren. Except for nearly six years he worked at the Free Lance-Star in Fredericksburg, Va., in the early to mid-1990s, he has been at the Daily News since April 1986.
Journalism awards:
• Pulitzer Prize for Meritorious Public Service, 1990.
• Society of Professional Journalists: Sigma Delta Chi Award, Bronze Medallion.
• Associated Press Managing Editors’ Public Service Award.
• Investigative Reporters & Editors’ Award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Public Service Award, 1989.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Investigative Reporting, 1990.
All those were for the articles he and Betty Gray wrote about the city’s contaminated water system in 1989-1990.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Investigative Reporting, 1991.
• North Carolina Press Association, Third Place, General News Reporting, 2005.
• North Carolina Press Association, Second Place, Lighter Columns, 2006.
Recently learned he will receive another award.
• North Carolina Press Association, First Place, Lighter Columns, 2010.
4. Lectured at or served on seminar panels at journalism schools at UNC-Chapel Hill, University of Maryland, Columbia University, Mary Washington University and Francis Marion University.

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