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SANTA FE — Gregory Lucero de Scargall’s design of a largemouth bass jumping for a lure with a New Mexico background of blue sky, white clouds and a Zia-symbol sun was selected as the grand-prize winner of a contest to design the logo for the state’s new bass fishing license plate.

Lucero de Scargall, of Santa Fe, was among dozens of entries from around the state and the country. He will receive $500 in addition to having his design on the specialty license plate. Motorists will be able to buy a plate for a one-time fee of $25 and an annual fee of $10 in addition to the regular registration fees. All but $10 of the fees will go to the Bass Habitat Management Program of the state Game Protection Fund.

Dominic Reyna, 14, of Clovis, and David Walrod, 13, of Clovis, were winners in the youth division for artists ages 17 and younger. They sill receive $50 prizes. Taylor Mirabal, 10, of Grants, received an honorable mention.

The New Mexico B.A.S.S. Federation Nation and the Department of Game and Fish are each paying half the prize money.

A bill passed by the 2009 state Legislature authorized the Motor Vehicle Division to issue the special bass fishing plate for any private motor vehicle except a motorcycle.