Denney Wins Final Water Stamp Art Contest
Jim Denney of Alexander City is the winner of this year’s Alabama Waterfowl Stamp Art Contest with his painting of a pair of Northern Pintails. This artwork will be used as the design for the 2020-21 Alabama Waterfowl Stamp, which is required when hunting waterfowl in Alabama. Funds generated by the sales of waterfowl stamps at both the state and federal levels are used for conservation of waterfowl habitat. The win makes Denney the only four-time contest winner, having previously won the 2016-17, 2012-13 and 2008-09 contests. Denney estimates the acrylic painting took him 25-30 hours over the course of a month to complete. “I selected Pintails because they are one of my favorite species and I have a mounted pintail that I harvested in Oklahoma, which is great for reference. I had originally selected Cinnamon Teal as the species to use, but I thought the Pintails might have more regional appeal to the judges,” he said. 2020-21 will be the last time Alabama produces a physical waterfowl stamp. The state implemented a lifetime waterfowl stamp and added a waterfowl stamp privilege section to the regular hunting license. Waterfowl hunters will still be required to have either an annual or lifetime state waterfowl hunting privilege designated on their license.