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Contact: Joanna Wilson, DNREC Public Affairs, 302-739-9902.

Winners of Hunting and Fishing Photo Contests honored today
at Delaware State Fair Governors Day ceremony

HARRINGTON (July 24, 2014) – Today at the Delaware State Fair, Governor Jack Markell, DNREC Secretary David Small and Division of Fish and Wildlife Director David Saveikis honored the winners of the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s annual Hunting and Fishing Photo Contests that best represented the contest theme of “Conservationists Enjoying the Great Outdoors.”

The 2013 Fishing Photo Contest winner, “Emily’s First Bass,” taken at Wagemons Pond near Milton by 15-year-old Christopher Halsey of Dover, appears on the cover of the 2014 Delaware Fishing Guide. Emily Halsey, his 11-year-old sister and namesake of the winning photo, joined him in accepting his award.

Also recognized were second place winner Daniel Halsey of Dover, and honorable mentions, Tammy Halsey of Dover, Joey Melvin of Georgetown, and Jack Tsai of Wilmington. 

The 2013-2014 Hunting Photo Contest winner, “Patiently Waiting,” taken by Jason Gary of Hartly, appears on the cover of the just-published 2014-2015 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide. His winning photo shows his 15-year-old nephew Christopher Halsey with a duck call and the family dog Yukon along the St. Jones River. Jason’s family joined him in garnering the award. 

Also recognized were second-place winner Jennifer Harris of Harrington, and honorable mentions Jason Courtney of Magnolia, Kenneth Henning of Wilmington, and Molly McNatt of Clayton. 

The Division of Fish and Wildlife is accepting Fishing Photo Contest entries now through Wednesday, Oct. 15, for the 2015 Delaware Fishing Guide to be published next spring.

For this year’s fishing photo contest, a judging panel comprised of DNREC staff will be looking for photos that best portray the contest theme, “Taking Action for Conservation.” Judges also will look at technical criteria including resolution, clarity and composition.

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.

Entries may be mailed to the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife, Attention: Crystal Beck, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901. All Fishing Photo Contest entries must be postmarked or delivered by Oct. 15, and must include a completed and signed entry form. A photo release form signed by a parent or guardian also is required if a minor child is in the photo. Forms and more information are available on the Division’s website at Photo contest information, or Information also may be requested by calling Crystal Beck at 302-739-9911, or emailing

The Division’s 2014-2015 Hunting Photo Contest will accept entries from Monday, Sept. 1, 2014 to Saturday, Jan. 31, 2015, with similar guidelines. This year’s contest theme is “Hunters in Action.”

Vol. 44, No. 257
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