Richard Goodkind of St. Louis Park has won the 2010 Minnesota Trout and Salmon Stamp design contest, the first time Goodkind has won the Minnesota contest. He had entered the contest many times before and was a previous finalist.
His winning entry features an autumn scene depicting a brook trout feeding on a mayfly within the waters of a beaver pond in northeastern Minnesota. Goodkind, who used oil paints for his design, is an avid angler and especially enjoys fishing for brook trout.
The design was selected from among 29 entries in this year’s trout and salmon stamp contest, held Aug. 6 at the Department of Natural Resources (DNR) headquarters in St. Paul. Other finalists were Stephen Hamrick, Lakeville; and Steven Trofka, Maple Grove.
The contest, which is conducted annually by the DNR, offers no prizes. The winner, however, retains reprint reproduction rights to the work, which is usually reproduced as a limited edition wildlife print.
A Minnesota trout and salmon stamp is required for those who fish in designated trout streams, designated trout lakes, Lake Superior, or who possess trout and salmon. Anglers must also purchase a Minnesota fishing license.
The DNR sells approximately 95,000 stamps every year. The 2009 trout stamp costs $10, with proceeds going toward trout stream habitat restoration projects, stocking trout, purchasing angling easements, and the management of Lake Superior, said Mark Ebbers, DNR trout and salmon program consultant.
Judges were Tom Helgeson, Midwest Fly Fishing Magazine; David Hoff, University of Minnesota; Maria Manion, Lake Superior Steeelhead Association; Jonathan Stone, CTI Paper USA; and Vaughn Snook, DNR Fish and Wildlife Division, Assistant Fisheries Area supervisor, Lanesboro.