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Emily Halsey and her uncle, Jason Gary, show off her first bass
in this year's First Place photo by Christopher Halsey.
Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902. PHOTOS AVAILABLE.

DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife
2013 Delaware Fishing Photo Contest winners  

DOVER (Nov. 27, 2013) – The judges’ decisions are in, with five top entries chosen for the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife’s 2013 Delaware Fishing Photo Contest.

First place was awarded to “Emily’s First Bass,” by 15-year-old Christopher Halsey of Dover. Christopher took the photo of his sister, 11-year-old Emily Halsey, and her uncle Jason Gary, when Emily caught her first bass at Wagamons Pond near Milton.

The other contest winners are:

  • Second place: “On the Rocks,” shows Emily Halsey and her brother Christopher Halsey enjoying a day of fishing at the C&D Canal in New Castle County, taken by their dad, Daniel Halsey of Dover.
  • Honorable mention: “My First Fish,” of 4-year-old Angelica Tsai, showing off her first fish, a bluegill she caught in Carousel Park Pond near Wilmington> The photo was taken by her father, Jack Tsai of Wilmington.
  • Honorable mention: “Early Morning,” by Tammy Halsey of Dover, portrays her son Christopher Halsey fishing at Trap Pond State Park near Laurel.
  • Honorable mention: “Serenity at Sunset,” by Joey Melvin of Georgetown, catches his 3-year-old son Atticus Melvin pulling in his line at Collins Pond near Bridgeville.

The winning photos will appear in the 2014 Delaware Fishing Guide. The fishing guide will be available online, at the DNREC licensing desk in Dover, and at fishing license dealers statewide in early 2014.

Three judges – Division of Fish and Wildlife Director David Saveikis, and local photographers Tony Pratt and Freda Barrett, both DNREC employees – reviewed 45 entries and then narrowed the entries to the top five. The contest specified that photographs must have been taken in Delaware and must depict anglers participating in fishing activities.

Judges were looking for photos that best portrayed this year’s contest theme, “Conservationists Enjoying the Outdoors,” which carried a lot of photographic consideration from the judges in selecting winning entries.

“Our fishing photo contest encourages anglers of all ages to participate in healthy outdoor recreation, especially children, who are the next generation of conservationists,” Director Saveikis said. “These images of anglers portray conservationists enjoying Delaware’s great outdoors, and we’re sure the public will enjoy seeing them in action.” The response from Delaware photographers to the contest over the last three years has more than met expectations, Saveikis added.

“We considered technical criteria such as resolution, clarity, lighting and composition,” said Mr. Pratt. “Some entries fit the theme, but had flaws such as poor lighting, an undesirable background or out-of-focus. Our winners are crisp close-ups of conservationists participating in fishing activities.”

“This year’s first place photo is a good close up, beautiful background, complimentary colors, crisp with good composition, and incorporated this year’s theme,” said Ms. Barrett. “The entries are getting better each year, and this year’s top five photos will make a great addition to the 2014 fishing guide. I look forward to next year, and hope our anglers send in their photographs of family and friends enjoying Delaware’s great outdoors when we announce next year’s fishing photo contest.”

The 2013 Delaware Hunting Photo Contest is accepting entries now through Friday, Jan. 31, 2014. Entries may be mailed to the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife, Attention: Crystal Beck, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901. All entries must be postmarked or delivered by Jan. 31, and must include a completed and signed entry form and photo release form, available on the Division’s website at and the Fish and Wildlife Facebook page (search Delaware Fish & Wildlife), or may be requested by calling Crystal Beck at 302-739-9911, or email Winning photos will appear in the 2014-2015 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide.

Vol. 43, No. 453

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