Originally Posted by CSForest
Really? They don't pay anything if you win? I was under the impression the artist at least got royalties off the stamp sales. No? That kind of sucks.
For the Federal, $0.98 of every $1.00 goes toward wetland conservation, which is the whole point of the stamp. They are sold for conservation, and not profit. I assume the other two cents go toward printing and administrative costs, which can be considerable.
A few of the states have payouts, but they are generally funded either privately, or from the entry fees that the artists must pay to enter. The stamp money is for conservation.