Award winning painting

COLUMBUS — The artwork of wildlife artist Jocelyn Beatty won first place in the 2018 Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp design competition, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources. Beatty’s painting of a pair of redheads will appear on the Ohio Wetlands Habitat Stamp issued in fall 2019.

The winning entry was selected from a field of 12 original paintings. Daniel Allard’s winning painting from last year, featuring ring-necked ducks, is to appear on the 2018 stamp.

Beatty, of West Middlesex, Pennsylvania, won the competition for the first time. This year, second place honors went to Jeffery Klinefelter (2016 competition winner) of Indiana with his painting of redheads. The third-place entry was by Adam Grimm (the 2013 competition winner) of South Dakota with his painting of mallards.

About 25,000 stamps were purchased last year, according to the Division of Wildlife. Proceeds help fund vital wetland habitat restoration projects in Ohio. Such habitats are important to many resident wildlife species including several that are state-endangered.

For contest entry information for next year, contact Tim Daniel at tim.daniel@dnr.state.oh.us.