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Pennsylvania Artist Wins Maryland Black Bear Conservation Stamp Design Contest

Morning Stroll by Steve Oliver

Morning Stroll by Steve Oliver

Steve Oliver from Delaware County, Pa. won the 17th annual Maryland Black Bear Conservation Stamp Contest with his painting, Morning Stroll, of a black bear taking a walk along a riverbank.

“The Black Bear Conservation Program is an important program and I am happy to support it in any way I can,” said Oliver.

A panel of judges selected Oliver’s painting from 11 qualifying entries submitted by artists from Maryland, Tennessee, South Carolina, New York, Georgia, Kentucky, Illinois, West Virginia and Pennsylvania. They judged the works before a crowd at the 24th Patuxent Wildlife Art Show on March 24 at the National Wildlife Visitors Center in Laurel, Md.

Oliver is the only artist to win this award five times since the contest began in 1996. Oliver’s work has won numerous awards and honors since he entered into the professional art community in 1995. His paintings have been featured on several conservation/hunting stamps, including the 2010 Delaware Duck Stamp. To see more of his art, visit

Proceeds from the sale of the Black Bear Stamps and other related items are used to compensate Maryland farmers experiencing agricultural damage caused by black bears. These proceeds are added to the Black Bear Compensation Fund established by the Maryland General Assembly. To purchase Black Bear Conservation Program items, visit