Eight-year-old Ryan Eakin likes birds and he likes to draw. So, it was a natural progression for the homeschooled Rimini resident to put pencil to paper recently, exploring his favorite subject matter while competing against other budding artists in the Montana Junior Duck Stamp contest.
"It's colorful," Eakin said, explaining why he decided to draw a Wood Duck to enter in the contest. "I like it."
Apparently the panel of judges in the contest liked Eakin's duck, too - they awarded him the first place prize in the kindergarten through third grade category.
The Montana Junior Duck Stamp contest is part of a national competition that brings together the best in show winners from across the country, including the District of Columbia and the U.S. territories.