I spent weeks working very hard on the Maine Inland Fisheries and Wildlife Duck Stamp entry. I researched my subject, Buffleheads, male and female, scrupulously. I took my time. I made my entry conform exactly to the specifications. EXCEPT: I did not look carefully enough at past years' winners. If I had, I would have seen that their subject ducks took up almost all of the space on the canvas. The size of my birds was about 2/3 that of the other entries. I knew as soon as I saw all of the entries together that I was in trouble.