DNREC receives top awards from Delaware Press Association

May 22, 2014

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Outdoor Delaware magazine and several website videos also produced by DNREC’s Public Affairs Section took several top honors in the 2014 Delaware Press Association Communications contest. Held annually, the awards are sponsored by DPA, a member of the National Federation of Press Women, and judged by professional journalists from out of state to ensure impartiality.

Outdoor Delaware’s photo essay, “The Beauty of Cape Henlopen,” written and photographed by Kevin Fleming, took a first-place award in the Photographer/Writer category;

Outdoor Delaware magazine, edited by Beth Shockley, received a third-place recognition in the Publications Regularly Edited by Entrant category. Outdoor Delaware magazine’s story, “Delaware’s First Environmentalists,” written by Josephine Eccel about the Lenape Native Americans, took an honorable mention prize in the highly competitive Feature Story category.

Also in DNREC’s Public Affairs Section, awards were given for Videos Produced for a Website, which in DNREC’s case were produced by in-house staffers - produced, shot, scripted, edited and voiced by Mike Polo, Matt Cardona and Phil Miller.

The awards included the following: second-place award for “Restoring Mirror Lake," an effort to remediate longtime pollution in Dover’s Mirror Lake; third place for “GoApe,” a promotional video highlighting the new zip line tree adventure at Lums Pond; and an honorable mention for the video “Wildlife Habitat,” exploring DNREC’s efforts to restore and protect wildlife in the First State.

Winners were celebrated at an awards banquet held May 1 in the ballroom of the University & Whist Club in Wilmington, which featured displays of the winning entries. Speaker Gloria J. Browne-Marshall, JD, MA, gave a riveting presentation on Covering the Nation’s Highest Court: An Inside View. She is a DPA member, legal correspondent, and associate professor of constitutional law at John Jay College in New York.

For Outdoor Delaware’s awards, go to

To view the winning videos, go to


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