Delaware Hunting and Fishing Photo Contests

Join the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife in celebrating Delaware’s fishing and hunting traditions by submitting your own fishing and hunting photographs for these annual contests. The contests are open to all Delaware residents of any age.

The winning photos appear in the next editions of the Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide and the Delaware Fishing Guide. The guides are available online, at the DNREC licensing desk in Dover, and at authorized license dealers throughout the state. 

Photo Contest Themes and Deadlines

Please be sure to read all of the rules carefully. Any entries that do not follow all rules will not be accepted. Any photos under 2 MB will be rejected upon receipt.

2023 Fishing Photo Contest: Reeling in the Future

Open Jan. 1 through Sept. 30, 2023. Judges will look for photographs that best depict youth and adult anglers fishing together in Delaware. Photographers are encouraged to capture an angling experience that portrays how adult anglers are passing down the tradition of learning to fish while enjoying Delaware’s great outdoors. All entries must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 30, 2023.

2022/2023 Hunting Photo Contest: Adventures in Hunting

Open Sept. 1, 2022 through Jan. 31, 2023. Judges will look for photographs that best depict hunters actively engaged in hunting in Delaware. Photographers are encouraged to capture the hunter(s) in a scenic landscape representative of Delaware that portrays the adventure of the hunting experience. All entries must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 31, 2023.

Past Winners

2022 Fishing Contest Winners

Contest theme: “Adventures in Fishing”

A man stands thigh-deep in ocean water, facing a breaking wave and holding a fishing rod. He appears to be fighting a fish.
First Place: “The One That Got Away”, taken by Guy Wellman featuring friend Ricky Williams as he tried reeling in what was sure to have been a monster of a fish at 3 R’s Beach, just south of South Indian River Inlet in Sussex County, Delaware.
A child dressed in waders fishes from a snow-covered pond shore.
Second Place: “It’s Always a Good Day to Fish!”, taken by Amanda Parsons, featuring Jacob Buda (13) fishing on a snowy winter’s day at Milton Park in Milton, Delaware.

2022 Honorable Mentions

A person with a fishing rod stands waist deep in a bay, silhouetted by the sun.

“Beautiful Day on the Delaware Bay”, by Will Geppert of Rehoboth Beach, featuring Trent Batson fishing in the shore along the pier at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes, Delaware.

A man and a child sit back-to-back on a stone jetty holding their fishing rods.

“Daddy Daughter Duo”, taken by Christy Janas of Newark, featuring Jerry Fisher and his daughter Airella (4) at Bowers Beach, Delaware.

A person stands with a fishing rod at the shore, silhouetted by the sun.

“Early Mornings at Broadkill Beach”, by Michael Street of Dover, featuring him fishing at Broadkill Beach, Delaware.

2021/2022 Hunting Photo Contest Winners

Contest Theme: “Hunt With a Buddy!”

A brother and sister pose in a snow-covered field with hunting decoys

First Place: “In Memory of Grandpa,” taken by Jennifer Ross featuring her children Hailey and Huntley on their family farm in Clayton, Delaware. They may have gone home empty handed, but shared memories that they will never forget.

A child and a woman pose in hunting clothes outdoors.

Second Place: “Girls Day,” taken by Bill Henry Buckaloo featuring Lacey Moffett and Finley Cleveland enjoying a hunt in Camden, Delaware.

2021/22 Honorable Mentions

Two men and two children pose in a field with several geese they have shot.

“First Time in the Field,” by Drexel Siok of Dover of Drexel Siok and Ryder (left) and Kenny Smith and Finn (right).

A group of men in archery hunting gear pose in a snow-covered field in a snow storm.

“Snow Day,” by Scott Welsh of Newark, who enjoyed a chilly day hunting for Canada geese and ducks in Greenville with several of his buddies. (Back row left to right) Paul Lowver, Mike Ditamasso, Bob Justinson, Bill Mintzer, Buck Thomas, Scott Welsh, and John Justinson. (Front row left to right) Ed Henry, and John McAllister.

A man kneels in a field with a hunting rifle, a dog and a dead goose.

“One Proud Girl and Her Owner,” taken by Jennifer Ross of Clayton, featuring her husband David Ross and his dog Saige.