2023 Federal Duck Stamp Contest

The 2023 Contest will be held at the Olmstead Center, Drake University, Des Moines, Iowa on September 15 & 16, 2023 

Watch the Federal Duck Stamp Contest live!  Day 1 of the Contest begins at 10:00am CT on Friday, September 15th.  Day 2 of the Contest begins at 10:00 am CT on Saturday, September 16, 2023.  

The judging will be in person or can be viewed online. Low resolution scans of the artwork will be available on the USFWS Flickr page. A contest guidebook and empty score sheets are also available. 

Drake University and the Jay N. Darling Institute, and other partners have a busy schedule of related side events. Please see the Jay N. Darling Legacy Center website for detailed local information. 

The Federal Duck Stamp Art Contest is one of the most successful conservation programs in our nation’s history. Duck Stamps are vital tools for wetland conservation, with ninety-eight cents out of every dollar spent on Duck Stamps going directly to wetland habitat conservation. Since its inception in 1934, sales of the Duck Stamp have generated over $1.2 billion that has conserved more than 6 million acres of wetland habitat for birds and other wildlife. In addition to the contest itself, partners will be hosting many other exciting activities in the area. 

Visit the USFWS website to learn more about the Federal Duck Stamp Program and view the official contest regulations and entry brochure

Event date and time
Event location name
Drake University, Olmstead Center


2875 University AveDes Moines,50311IA
Stamp collector
Age range
All ages