Photo Contest Information and Entry Form

The DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife holds annual fishing and hunting photography contests to help celebrate Delaware’s traditions of fishing, hunting and outdoor recreation.

Contest Themes and Deadlines

Fishing: Hooked on Fishing
Contest open May 1 through September 30

Hunting: It’s a Camo Thing
Contest open September 1 through January 31

Winning photos are featured in the Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide and the Delaware Fishing Guide. They may appear as cover photos.

Entries may also be used by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and/or Division of Fish and Wildlife for websites, advertisements and publications.

Rules and Tips

This contest is open to Delaware residents only.

Photographs must have been taken within the State of Delaware.

One entry form per photograph. A maximum of three (3) entries per person will be accepted.

Images should be no less than 2MB but may not exceed 9MB. Digital images must be submitted in .jpeg or .tiff format. DNREC may ask for a larger version of winning photos for use in print publications.

Entries that are screen shots or photos of photographs are not accepted.

Normal processing of image files and minor adjustments to color and contrast are acceptable, as is minimal cropping. HDR and focus stacking are permitted as long as all manipulation is disclosed upon entry.

Advanced editing and/or photoshopping is prohibited.

An entrant must hold all rights to the photograph and must not infringe on the rights of any other person.

Photographs depicting persons must show them involved in legal fishing or hunting activities.

Photographs depicting catches or harvests should be tasteful.

The names of persons in the photograph must be given. If not available, photograph will be ineligible.

Images that portray the unlawful harm of fish or wildlife species or damage to the environment are ineligible.

The Division of Fish and Wildlife reserves the right to reject any submission at our discretion for any reason.

Photographers are encouraged to use digital cameras or high-quality smartphone cameras.

Portrait orientation is preferred. Landscape photos may be cropped by DNREC.

Entries will be judged for composition and theme. Preference will be given to clear, good quality photographs that will best work as a magazine cover image that will also include text and other graphics.

Information about the Photographer

First, we need information about you. Please tell us your name, your phone number, your email, and your mailing address.

Information about the Photograph

Next, we need you to upload your photograph (use the upload button below) and tell us about it. What’s the title? Where was it taken? Who’s in it? Has it been manipulated? Note: The file size should be less than 9MB.

Contest Rules Agreement:
By checking the box below, and sending in this form, you certify that you have read and agree to all of the terms listed above.

Photo Release Agreement

My online submission grants permission to the Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control and its employees to interview me and/or to use my likeness in photograph(s)/video(s) in any and all of its digital or print publications, whether now known or hereafter existing, controlled by the state of Delaware, in perpetuity, and for other use by the state. I will make no monetary or other claim against the state for the use of the interview and/or the photograph(s)/video(s). I acknowledge that I am over the age of 18 and/or, if applicable, I am the legal guardian of the individual(s) pictured in the in photograph(s)/video(s) and do agree to his/her release as provided above.