With the summer season winding down but with plenty of fine fall fishing weather still on the way, the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Fish and Wildlife invites angling and photography enthusiasts to enter the 2014 Delaware Fishing Photo Contest.
The winning photo will be featured on the cover or inside of the 2015 Delaware Fishing Guide to be published early next year.
A judging panel composed of DNREC staff will be looking for photos that best portray this year’s contest theme, Taking Action for Conservation, by depicting anglers of all ages using catch-and-release techniques or otherwise demonstrating a conservation-minded action. Judges also will be looking at technical criteria including resolution, clarity and composition.
“After the success of last year’s contest, we are hoping that once again photographers from all over the state will share some of their best images with us, so we can share them with the fishing public,” said Division of Fish and Wildlife Director David Saveikis. “This year we look forward to photos that catch the conservation actions of anglers as they enjoy our great outdoors.”
The contest is open to Delaware residents of all ages, with a maximum of three entries per person. To be eligible, photographs must have been taken in Delaware. Portrait orientation is preferred; landscape photos, if chosen among contest winners, may be cropped for presentation.
Photos must be submitted as 8-by-10-inch paper or photo quality prints, with no frames or mats and no markings or signatures on the front or back. Winning entries must be available in a digital version with resolution of 300 dpi or greater. Normal processing of RAW image files, minimal cropping and minor adjustments to color and contrast are acceptable. HDR and focus stacking are permitted as long as manipulation is disclosed upon entry. Nothing should be added to the image or, aside from dust spots, taken away. The entrant must hold all rights to the photograph and must not infringe on the rights of any other person. Images that involve unlawful harm to fish or damage to the environment should not be submitted and will not be accepted. Entries will not be returned.
Entries may be mailed to the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife, Attn: Crystal Beck, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901. All entries must be postmarked or delivered by Wednesday, Oct. 15, and must include a completed and signed entry form and photo release form. Information and forms are available at www.dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Pages/FWphoto_contest.aspx and the Fish and Wildlife Facebook page (search Delaware Fish & Wildlife), or may be requested by calling Beck at 302-739-9911 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.