The contest to select the design for the 2019 Delaware Trout Stamp will open Nov. 1, 2017. The contest deadline is March 2, 2018. All entries must be postmarked no later than midnight, March 2, 2018.
Please see the contest agreement form for full set of rules.
A summary of the contest rules is as follows:
Submission Procedures for Entry
- 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.
Each entry should be delivered or mailed to:
Division of Fish & Wildlife
Attn: Kim Gadow
89 Kings Highway
Dover, DE 19901
All persons who are citizens of the United States are eligible to participate in the contest.
Any person who has won 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.
Technical Requirements for Design and Submission of Entry*
All artists submitting an entry must sign the Contest Agreement Form. The Division of Fish & Wildlife advises all artists that every effort will be made to protect entries from damage or theft; however, the Division of Fish & Wildlife assumes no responsibility should a loss occur. DNREC's 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.
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" of one or more species of trout (brown, brook or rainbow) in a setting or environment found in Delaware 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.
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.
*Once your entry is submitted, it may not be exchanged for another.
Property Insurance for Entries
All contestants are hereby notified of the advisability of obtaining adequate property insurance coverage for their respective entry. The Division of Fish & Wildlife will not insure the entries that are received. The Division of Fish and Wildlife is not responsible for damage in the mail or loss by fire or theft.
Selection and Qualification of Contest Judges
Display of Entries for Contest Selection
A total of five judges will judge and select the Trout Stamp. The judges will be selected by the Director of Fish & Wildlife from a pool of categories by a random lottery. The Division of Fish and Wildlife shall maintain pools of names of qualified judges in the aforementioned categories.
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 2019 Delaware Trout Stamp contest will be held at the Dover Public Library on April 12, 2018.
Trout Stamp Winner
The winning artist will receive a $250 cash award and a rosette from the 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 Division 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 Division of Fish and 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 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 Fish & Wildlife media promotions, if the Division so desires.