Join us at our family-friendly show March 11-12, 2017.
Wildfowlers Youth Contest,
Best of Show, Age 9 and under,
coot, by Johnathon Russel.
Shown in front of the 2016 Ohio Junior Duck Stamp entries are
life-size kingfishers painted by children in our
Kids' Friday Night Painting Contest.
Sarah Clayton, 18, from Sidney, Ohio won Best of Show in the state-level Ohio, Junior Duck Stamp competition last year. She also won second place in the National Federal Junior Duck Stamp Art Contest held at the J.N. "Ding" Darling National Wildlife Refuge
in Sanibel, Fla, April 22, 2016.
We need your help...
Mentoring Young Artists
As part of our mission, we focus on mentoring young artists to become familiar with wildlife art, to observe nature, and to make things by hand. This is quite a challenge when it seems that most children spend a great deal of their time indoors focused on their phones and computers.
We are seeking the help of art, woodshop and science teachers, parents, 4H, scouts, home-school, and school administrators to consider mentoring children to participate in our 2017 Youth Carving and Painting Competitions.
ODCCA offers a variety of carving and painting competition opportunities for children ages 17 and under (at time of registration). Entries are judged at the show and on display for public viewing until 3 pm. Sunday. Winning entries are awarded ribbons and receive
public recognition. Youth entries are free.
Young artists can enter any of our competitions listed on this website, click here to view 2017 Rules. Our contests offer children the experience to plan their creative process, to study and observe nature, and to see their project through to completion. For more information about becoming a mentor, contact Brian Ballard, email@example.com.
Click here to print a copy of our brochure.
Youth Competition Programs
Listed below are a few of our competitions:
Wildfowlers Youth Contest
Sponsored by Willy & Di McDonald, “The Duck Blind” www.theduckblind.com
Children must be 17 years or younger on the date of the contest. Rules for the Wildfowlers Youth will be the same as the Wildfowlers, except bird(s) will be judged by age group. Age groups are as follows: 14 to 17, 10 to 13, and 9 and younger. Best of Show in each age group will receive a carving package donated by
the Duck Blind. Click here to see 2017 Rules.
Ward World Silhouette Competition
ODCCA is partnering with the Ward World Championship to be held April 28 – 30, 2017, in Ocean City, Maryland. This is an exciting opportunity for children to compete at the regional and international levels. ODCCA is using the same rules and specie selected by the Ward World Committee. We will assist entries from our show to be entered in the Ward Show.
Entries may be done under the supervision of an adult, but the Youth must do the carving and painting. The concept of the silhouette competition is simple and yet challenging. The Mourning Dove has been selected as the 2017 competition bird. Entries can be done as a group project or as an individual. Click here to see Rules.
Ohio Federal Junior Duck Stamp Program
ODCCA is again very proud to be the official host for the Ohio Federal Junior Duck Stamp Competition. The judging will be held in the Juniper Room at the Strongsville Holiday Inn on Friday, March 10, 2017 beginning at 8 am. Click here to view page.
The Duck Stamp competition is a dynamic art and science-based curriculum that teaches wetland and waterfowl conservation to students in kindergarten through high school.
Entries are due March 1, 2017 to Ohio JDSP Coordinator Rebecca Hinkle, Ottawa National Wildlife Refuge, firstname.lastname@example.org,(419) 898-0014. For rules and/or entry forms download at: www.duckstamps.fws.gov.
Program guides are available at www.fws.gov/birds/education/junior-duck-stamp-conservation-program.php
Friday Night Painting Contest
This popular and free contest is for ages 17 and under. Young artists are supplied a three-dimensional wood cutout, paints and brushes. The bird for 2017 is a Red-headed Woodpecker. Children may bring reference materials. Winners are awarded ribbons and all entries are displayed throughout the weekend at the show. The contest begins at 7 pm in the Juniper room. Click here to view page and to pre-register.
Don't Know Where to Begin? View out Live Demonstrations
ODCCA once again is offering a weekend full of live demonstrations for all ages and skill levels. This is a great opportunity to become familiar with wildlife art and how it is made by hand, one at-a-time. Inspired artists will find the supplies they need to get started. Patterns, cut-outs, tools, wood, painting supplies and reference materials are available for purchase at the show. And there are plenty of friendly people willing to give advice.
Click here to view page
Shorebird Carve-at-Home & Paint-at-Show Contest
Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Red Phalarope Female Pattern by Gary Joe Bryan
Email Bob Lund at email@example.com to request a shorebird blank.
1. The bird will be the Red Phalarope Female. There will no entry fee. Each carver will request a blank that the will be sent to the carver. There are no rules for carving so you may go all out. You must bring the carving to the contest on Sunday. There will be a limit of 10 blanks sent.
2. The bird will be carved and painted by one person.
3. Time limit will be 4 hours Sunday, 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in the Ballroom.
4. The carvings will be judged by judges as an artistic interpretation of the live bird.
5. Contestants must provide their own paint, brushes, air brushes, power tools, hair dryers, etc.
6. Contestants must use blanks and mounting bases provided by the ODCCA.
7. All carvings become property of the ODCCA and will be auctioned off following the judging. Auction proceeds to benefit ODCCA.