2022/2023 Salmon Conservation Stamp Winner Announced

The Pacific Salmon Foundation (PSF) is pleased to announce the winning image from our annual Salmon Conservation Stamp Competition. Eric Jablonowski was awarded first place with his submission titled On the Move – Salmon swimming upstream. One of 13 entries in this year’s competition.

The winning entry will be featured on the 2022-23 Salmon Conservation Stamp, a required purchase to retain any species of Pacific salmon caught in the marine environment in British Columbia.

Eric Jablonowski is a first-time winner of the PSF Salmon Conservation Stamp competition. The avid outdoorsman spends countless hours in the field and on the stream photographing and studying animals and objects in their environment. His paintings reflect his love for wilderness and the outdoors.

Eric Jablonowski, On the Move – Salmon swimming upstream

Eric Jablonowski grew up in southwestern Pennsylvania and spent the better part of his childhood surrounded by nature. After graduating from college, Eric built a long career as a medical illustrator and is widely published in medical journals and books. He is most fulfilled by his passion for wildlife and landscape painting ands keen to continue photographing and painting all creatures, from salmon to water buffalo and more. After years of experience in the field observing wildlife in their natural habitats, he believes that conservation efforts are vital to maintaining healthy populations.

Through the individual purchase of each $6.25 Salmon Conservation Stamp, hundreds of thousands of recreational anglers support Pacific salmon conservation and restoration efforts. To-date in 2021, the Pacific Salmon Foundation has granted nearly $1.3 million to 114 projects in 65 communities across B.C. and the Yukon. The total value of these projects including volunteer time and in-kind donations was leveraged to $8 million in value to the community.

The Salmon Stamp is a decal that must be purchased annually by anglers and affixed to their saltwater fishing license to retain any species of Pacific salmon. The Revenue from the sale of these stamps is directed by the federal government to PSF, and provides over $1.2 million in funding for salmon restoration, conservation and enhancement each year through the Foundation’s Community Salmon Program. Since 1989, $19.4 million of this revenue has been directed to 2,860 unique salmon projects across British Columbia with a total value exceeding $166 million.

Revenue from the sale of the Salmon Conservation Stamp is directed by the federal government to the Pacific Salmon Foundation, and provides, on average, more than $1.2 million for salmon restoration, conservation and enhancement each year through the Foundation’s Community Salmon Program. Since 1989, $19.4 million in Salmon Conservation Stamp revenue has supported 2,860 unique salmon projects across British Columbia and the Yukon.

13 artists submitted entries to this year’s Salmon Stamp Competition, we’ve featured the other entries below, including our second and third place entries. Congratulations!

Second Place:    Curtis Atwater, “Up and Away”
Third Place:        Donnie Hughes, “Fishing Frenzy”