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Designs due July 27 for Minnesota's 2013 trout, salmon stamp contest

Wildlife artists are reminded to submit entries for the Minnesota Department of Natural Resources' (DNR) 2013 trout and salmon through Friday, July 27.

Designs should be securely wrapped and enclosed in an envelope or other container. The words "Trout and Salmon Stamp" should be clearly marked on outside of the container. Late entries will not be accepted.

Trout or salmon must be the primary focus of the design. Other fish species may be included in the design if they are used to depict common interaction between species or are common inhabitants of Minnesota's lakes and rivers.

Artists are prohibited from using any photographic product as part of their finished entries. Any entry that contains photographic products will be disqualified. A new rule this year allows artists to resubmit designs from previous years if the design did not place in a previous DNR stamp contest.

Entries will be accepted via mail and in person at DNR Central Office, 500 Lafayette Road in St. Paul. Mailed entries should be addressed to 2012 Trout and Salmon Stamp Contest, DNR Division of Fish and Wildlife, Box 20, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155-4020.

The contest, which offers no prizes, is open to Minnesota residents only. Winning artists usually issue limited edition prints of the artwork and retain proceeds. Revenue from stamp sales is dedicated to trout and salmon management-related activities.

A contest entry form and reproduction rights agreement, which grants the DNR the right to use the design for the stamp image and other promotional, educational and informational purposes related to trout and salmon, must be signed and submitted with the design.

Judging will take place at 2 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 2, at DNR Central Office, 500 Lafayette Road in St. Paul.

Complete contest criteria and information are available from the DNR Information Center, 500 Lafayette Road, St. Paul, MN 55155, and online at