A painting by 18-year-old Matthew Maiello of Kittery Point won Best of Show on March 23 in the Maine competition of the 2010 Federal Junior Duck Stamp Design Contest.

Maiello’s watercolor of a Harlequin Duck was chosen from among 645 entries received from 15 schools and groups throughout Maine. It has been sent to Washington, D.C., to compete with Best of Show artwork from other states in the national contest April 23. His artwork also will be included in an exhibit that will tour the United States.

The contest is organized each year by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service as part of a program that teaches students in grades K-12 about wetlands and waterfowl conservation. It is modeled after the Federal Duck Stamp Contest for adult artists. Students create original artwork showing North American ducks, geese or swans in their natural habitats.

The first-place national winning design is used to create the Federal Junior Duck Stamp. The Junior Duck Stamps cost $5 each and proceeds go to support conservation education.

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