AREC Nature Photo Contest

DNREC’s 2022 Aquatic Resources Education Center (AREC) nature photography contest is now closed and two winning entries have been selected.

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Pearlie Franklin
Aquatic Resources Education Center

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The contest, now in its second year, is intended to increase public awareness of the natural wonders of the Aquatic Resources Education Center and surrounding Tony Florio Woodland Beach Wildlife Area.

Children and adults were encouraged to visit the wildlife area and take and submit photographs of aquatic life, birds and other wildlife, scenic landscapes, and people enjoying the outdoors.

This peaceful, scenic area is a destination along the Delaware Bayshore Byway. It is a birders’ delight and features two fishing ponds, trails, and a raised boardwalk with vistas across the tidal salt marsh to Delaware Bay.

2022 Contest Winners

In the Nature category, the winner was “Windy Morning Waves,” by Tracy Thompkins, of Wilmington. In the Birds category, the winner was “Perched,” by Nancy Allen, of Rehoboth Beach.

“Windy Morning Waves,” by Tracy Thompkins, of Wilmington

A large black turkey buzzard stands on the branch of a tree with green leaves in the background.

“Perched,” by Nancy Allen, of Rehoboth Beach

The Details

Prizes were available in three categories — birds, nature and people enjoying nature. The contest was open for entries through Thursday, Sept. 29, 2022.

Judging was be based on how well the photos represented their categories, on originality/creativity and on universal appeal. The judging panel included DNREC educators at the Aquatic Resources Education Center.

For more information about the contest, call 302-735-8689 or email