Statewide— Artists are invited to submit their original works for the annual Maryland Black Bear Conservation and Migratory Game Bird stamp design contests. These popular contests are open until April 21.

The Black Bear Conservation Stamp contest is open to both residents and nonresidents. Each contestant may submit one entry for a nonrefundable $10 fee. Proceeds are used to compensate farmers who experience agricultural damage caused by black bears.

The Migratory Game Bird Stamp contest is open to Maryland residents only. Each contestant may submit up to three entries with a fee structure of: $15 for one entry, $20 for two and $30 for three. Proceeds help fund game bird and waterfowl research and projects.

The Maryland Department of Natural Resources will judge the entries April 28 in conjunction with the annual Ward Championship Wildfowl Carving Competition and Art Festival at the Roland E. Powell Convention Center in Ocean City.

All entries must be original works, neither copied nor duplicated from any previously published paintings, drawings, prints or photographs. To enter, contestants must mail their designs with required fees and forms by April 21.

For complete contest rules and entry forms, please click here for the Black Bear Conservation Stamp or here for the Migratory Game Bird Stamp.