This award encompasses and recognizes any type of “artistic” item or accomplishment that promotes, achieves, or benefits wildlife stewardship.  It could be an actual artwork piece(s), an endeavor, such as organizing the greatest number of applicants in a wildlife art effort (e.g., the Junior Duck Stamp Program), a photograph or image (e.g., digital, film), an artistic conservation information delivery structure or process, or another medium that can be effectively described as an artistic way of promoting collaboration to support wildlife stewardship.

The key consideration in this award is to acknowledge vision, concept, design, and realization of artwork or art form that emulates what “Ding” Darling would have seen as conveying his message and values about land, water, and wildlife conservation.

The award consists of a plaque that will be presented at The Wildlife Society’s Annual Conference.  There is no monetary component to the award.


  • nomination relates to a recent (within three years prior to nomination deadline) artistic entity or the associated conservation outcome has demonstrably occurred within that time frame for an older artistic entity
  • there is a clear link between the art and a conservation message, effort, or outcome
  • at least two individuals or groups other than the nominator have provided statements of support or concurrence regarding the nominated item


Nominations will be judged by a subcommittee of at least five members appointed by the TWS president working in concert with Sam Koltinsky or a representative appointed thereof.

Submit these materials via email to awards@wildlife.orgThe nomination and complete supporting documentation should be sent as a single PDF file by May 1, 2023 at 11:59 PM EDT.

Nominations of unsuccessful candidates remain in the candidate pool for a maximum of three years, unless the individual is re-nominated.