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Delaware Hunting and Fishing Photo Contests



Join the 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.

2022 Fishing Photo Contest: Adventures in Fishing

Open May 28 through Sept. 30, 2022. Judges will look for photographs that best depict anglers actively engaged in fishing in Delaware. Photographers are encouraged to capture the angler(s) in a scenic landscape representative of Delaware that portrays the adventure of the fishing experience. All entries must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 30, 2022.

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

2021 Fishing Contest Winners

Contest theme: “Fish with a buddy”

First Place: “Beach Brothers” by Courtney Hopkins (New Castle), featuring her sons Mikey and Miles Hopkins fishing at Navy Crossing, Cape Henlopen.
Second Place: “Drum Catches and Releases” by Rodney M. Layfield (Georgetown), featuring Bill Hocker of Rehoboth, Levi Layfield, and Rodney Layfield enjoying a nice day on the boat in the Delaware Bay.

2021 Honorable Mentions

“First Trout” by Jonathan Curry (Wilmington), featuring he and his son Nathan who caught his very first trout at White Clay Creek that day.

“Fun Day at the Beach” by Matt Katirai (Wilmington), featuring he and his son Bayan at Conquest Beach in Southern Delaware.

“Brother and Sister Fall Catfishing” by Matt Katirai (Wilmington), featuring his son Kayan and daughter Nura who were spending their day catfishing at Carousel Park in New Castle County, 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.

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

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

“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.

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




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