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Delaware Trout Stamp Contest Rules

The contest to select the design for the 2021 Delaware Trout Stamp is open November 1, 2019, through March 6, 2020.  All entries must be postmarked no later than midnight, March 6, 2020.

Note: The Trout Stamp Art Contest has been postponed until further notice.

Contest Rules, in Summary

Each entry should be delivered or mailed to:
Danielle Davis
Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife
89 Kings Highway
Dover, DE 19901
Telephone: 302-739-9918

Here are the basics. Please see the contest agreement form for a full set of the rules.

Contestants may submit two entries per contest.

All entries must be accompanied by a signed Contest Agreement Form.

The outside packaging must be date-stamped.

Each contestant must sign and clearly print his/her name, address, email address and phone number on the forms.


Contest Eligibility

All persons who are citizens of the United States are eligible to participate in the contest.

Contest Ineligibility

Any person who has won “Best in Show” in the contest the preceding year will be ineligible to submit an entry in the current year’s contest. Members of the contest judging panel and their relatives are also ineligible.


All artists submitting an entry must sign the Contest Agreement Form. The Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife advises all artists that every effort will be made to protect entries from damage or theft; however, the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife assumes no responsibility should a loss occur. The Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife also retains the right to administratively change any of the rules contained in this document if a demonstrated need can be shown.

Technical Requirements for Design and Submission of Entry

A card on the back of the entry must list the artist’s phone number, address and name of the species depicted. Please do not put the artist’s name on the card.  The design must be a horizontal drawing or painting 8-3/4″ X 12″ on an archival surface. Entries must be matted with a single white matte 12″ X 15″ and protected by a removable covering of acetate or cellophane. All acetate/cellophane will be removed for display and judging. Once your entry is submitted, it may not be exchanged for another.

When ready for display (i.e., protective covering removed) entries must be no more than 7/16 inches in thickness, and weigh no more than 20 ounces (1-1/4 pounds). Entries must not be framed or under glass. No scroll work, lettering, initials, or signatures may appear on the design itself. The design must be the contestant’s own original creation and composition. The entry design may not be copied or duplicated from previously published art, including photographs, or from images in any format published on the Internet. Photographs, computer-generated art, art produced from a computer printer, or other computer/mechanical output device (air brush method excepted) are not eligible to be entered into the contest and will be disqualified.

Subject Trout

The design must be of one or more species of trout (i.e., brown, brook or rainbow) in a setting or environment found in Delaware; however, the subject trout must be the focal point of the artwork.

Property Insurance for Entries

All contestants are hereby notified of the advisability of obtaining adequate property insurance coverage for their respective entry. The Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife will not insure the entries that are received. The Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife is not responsible for damage in the mail or loss by fire or theft.

Selection and Qualification of Contest Judges

A total of five judges will judge and select the trout stamp artwork. A member of the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Advisory Council on Wildlife & Freshwater Fish will serve as one of the judges. The remaining four judges are subject to change each year, and will be selected by the Director of the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife from a pool of judges representing various categories of experience or expertise (e.g., biologist, angler, art instructor, collector).  The Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife shall maintain a pool of names of qualified judges in the aforementioned categories.

Display of Entries for Contest Selection

The identity of the artist will be kept confidential and not disclosed during the judging process. All entries will be assigned a number based on the date of the entry. The only visible identification mark on each entry will be the assigned number. Entries must not be signed or initialed anywhere on the artwork. The only marking on entries should be on the back of the artwork and should be the artist’s phone number, address and the species depicted.

Date and Location of Contest

The Delaware Trout Stamp contest will be held at the Dover Public Library on March 26, 2020. 

Note: The Trout Stamp Art Contest has been postponed until further notice.

Trout Stamp Winner

The winning artist will receive a $250 cash award from the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife commemorating their artistic achievement.

Return of Entries after Contest

All entries, except the winning selections, will be returned following the contest. Providing your email address will allow the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife to give notice of delivery and tracking number. Artists are advised not to use post office box addresses for returning purposes. Entries returned to the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife for any reason will be held for 90 days, after which time the Division will not be responsible for their disposition.

Failure to Comply with Contest Regulations

Any entry which fails to comply with any of the requirements of this contest shall be disqualified from the contest and will not be considered by the judging panel.

Use of Design

The winning artist must agree that the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife has the right to use the design of the trout stamp in one issue of Outdoor Delaware magazine in conjunction with an article about trout fishing in Delaware, on the cover of the Delaware Fishing Guide (fishing regulations booklet), and on other Delaware Division Fish & Wildlife media promotions.