Lakeville artist wins 2015 trout and salmon stamp contest

After finishing as runner up in the previous contest, Lakeville artist Stephen Hamrick has won the 2015 Minnesota Department of Natural Resources trout and salmon stamp contest with a painting of a brook trout. The painting was selected by judges from among five submissions for the annual contest.

2015 Trout Stamp Artwork

Hamrick is no stranger to winning the contest – this is his fourth win. No other artist has won more than twice in the 34 years the contest has been held.

“Congratulations to Mr. Hamrick for his winning entry, and thanks to all who entered this year,” said Brian Nerbonne, streams habitat consultant, who coordinates the contest.

Four entries advanced to the final stage of judging during the contest held July 31 at the DNR Central Office in St. Paul. Other finalists were Ronald Engebretson, second place; Richard Goodkind, third place; and Anthony Kuehn, fourth place.

The five-member panel of judges this year were Mateo Cadiz, DNR creative services supervisor; Mark Ebbers, retired DNR trout and salmon coordinator; Al Barton from the National Trout Center in Preston, Minnesota; Brad Eaton from the Federation of Fly Fishers; and Davin Brandt, director of Minnesota Steelheader.

The DNR offers no prizes for the stamp contest winner, but the winning artist retains the right to reproduce the work. The following species will be eligible for the 2016 stamp: rainbow, brown, splake and lake trout, coho, pink, chinook and Atlantic salmon. Brook trout designs will not be eligible for the 2016 stamp.

When buying a trout stamp validation, purchasers can request to pay an optional 75 cents extra to receive the actual pictorial stamp. For more information on trout fishing license requirements, see