Each year, artists from coast to coast pick up their paintbrushes and do what they love to help conserve Canada’s wetlands.
Back in 1981, we introduced the DUC Waterfowl Art Award to our fundraising dinner events. Appropriately, Angus Shortt received the first of these awards. Shortt was renowned for contributing waterfowl art to DUC communications pieces for more than four decades.
The popularity of waterfowl and wildlife prints led to the establishment of the National Art Portfolio in 1986, which showcases up to 15 pieces of new Canadian art each year. This artwork is available at DUC dinners, our online store and through our Sealed Bid Auction program.
The National Artist of the Year replaced the Waterfowl Art Award as the highest level of recognition for DUC artwork. We also chose a waterfowl piece to be made into a framed print and stamp for art collectors and dinner attendees.
For more than 30 years, DUC has built relationships with hundreds of established and emerging artists. This program has helped us continue to conserve wetlands while promoting exceptional artwork.
Selection for the prestigious National Art Portfolio exposes your artwork to thousands of Canadians each year.
- Free admission for you and a guest to a DUC fundraising dinner where your NAP print will be displayed and auctioned
- High-quality prints of your image that you can sell one year after our fundraising year commences
- Exclusive NAP icons you can include on your personal website to advertise your inclusion in the program
- Promotion in our news release distributions to media outlets
- Inclusion in our social media mentions, including Facebook and Twitter
- 430 annual fundraising events historically attended by over 60,000 people each year
- Sealed Bid Auction on ducks.ca and at high-traffic easel sites across the country
- Event merchandise catalogue which is distributed to over 430 of our volunteer chapters
- Artwork profiled on ducks.ca
- The Artist of the Year and the Waterfowl Stamp and Print Artist receives an honorarium
- Previously selected NAP Alumni artists are entitled to an honorarium for pieces selected for subsequent NAP collections
There are three categories under which your artwork can be admitted to DUC’s National Art Portfolio.
Artwork is considered for inclusion based on the requirements for each category. The artist retains their original artwork. Sold out or currently unavailable pieces can also be considered in all categories, provided the artist can meet the submission guidelines requirements.
We accept submissions of images that have been produced in giclee form. In all cases, we will only assume copyright for the images in the format we reproduce. At this time, we do not accept photography for the National Art Portfolio.
National Artist of the Year
One artist will be chosen as our National Artist of the Year, and a limited edition of offset lithographic prints will be produced. Artwork for this category can feature wildlife, waterfowl, dogs, fishing, hunting, camping and cabin scenes. Our Artist of the Year will receive an honorarium and 100 artist proofs.
Waterfowl Stamp and Print Artist
We select one waterfowl piece to be made into a special stamp and print set. The subject is limited to a single species waterfowl. Your print will be reproduced with a traditional and collectible 6 1/2” x 9” image size. A limited edition of offset lithographic prints will be produced. The Waterfowl Stamp and Print Artist will receive an honorarium and artist proofs.
We will select pieces which will be reproduced in a limited edition of offset lithographic prints. Artwork for the category can feature wildlife, waterfowl, dogs, horses, fishing, hunting, camping and cabin scenes. There are no restrictions to subject and we invite submissions featuring landscapes, still life, portraits, cityscapes, collages, abstract art or any other form. Artists will receive artist proofs. Alumni artists selected in this category will receive an honorarium for each subsequent image accepted.