Princeton artist wins 2011 Minnesota Trout and Salmon Stamp design contest

Wednesday, August 11th, 2010 at 6:56 am

An underwater scene of a brown trout with submerged tree branches in the background and a lure snagged on one of the branches has been selected as the winner of Minnesota’s 2011 trout and salmon stamp contest, according to the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources (DNR.)  The design was selected from among 13 entries in this year’s Trout and Salmon stamp contest, and the winner was selected on Aug 5.

The winning entry was submitted by Donald Blakney of Princeton, who used acrylics for his design.  This is the first time Blakney has won the trout and salmon contest, which is conducted annually by the DNR. Blakney, who has been an artist for more than 30 years, has won conservation stamp contests in six other states.

The DNR, which conducts the annual stamp contest, offers no prizes. The winner, however, retains reprint reproduction rights to the work, which is usually reproduced as a limited edition wildlife print.

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