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Click here for more information about 2014 hunting and fishing photo contests.

Hunting Photo Contest Winners
The judges’ decisions are in with the winners of the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife’s second annual fishing and hunting photo contests, with each contest recognizing first and second place winners and three honorable mentions.

This contest is part of Delaware’s Children in Nature Initiative, a statewide effort to improve environmental literacy in Delaware, create opportunities for children to participate in enriching outdoor experiences, combat childhood obesity and promote healthy lifestyles. Delaware’s multi-agency initiative, which partners several state and federal agencies with community organizations, is part of the national No Child Left Inside program.

Three judges – Fish and Wildlife Director, Dave Saveikis, and local photographers Tony Pratt and Freda Barrett, both DNREC employees – reviewed 45 fishing entries and 31 hunting entries. They narrowed both contests down to the top five. The contests specified that photographs must have been taken in Delaware and must depict conservationists participating in fishing or hunting activities. Judges were looking for photos that best portrayed the “Conservationists Enjoying the Outdoors” theme.


First place:
taken by Jason Gary of Hartly for “patiently waiting,” showing his 15-year-old nephew Christopher Halsey and the family dog Yukon, with duck calls at the St. Jones Reserve.



Second place:
“Dreams do come true!” was taken by Jennifer Harris of Harrington, of her 14-year-old son Drew Harris with his dream buck at a family owned farm in Harrington, Delaware.



Honorable mention:
“What we bring home on Black Friday,” taken by Molly McNatt of Clayton, of her children, 6-year-old Lilah McNatt, 10-year-old Jason McNatt, and 3-year-old Tanner McNatt at a Private farm in Clayton, Delaware.



Honorable mention:
“Fun in the Blind,” was taken by Jason Courtney of Magnolia, showing family friends Chris Bergold, 11-year-old Jess "lil bit" Bergold, 12-year-old Jada Courtney, 16-year-old Stephany Courtney, and Dude the Bergold family dog, on a private farm in Little Creek.



Honorable mention:
"Pheasant Hunt" by Kenneth Henning of Wilmington, shows Ian Kanski pheasant hunting in Greenwood, Delaware.



The winning hunting photos will appear in the 2014-2015 Delaware Hunting Guide. The hunting guide will be available online, at the DNREC licensing desk in Dover, and at authorized fishing license dealers statewide in July 2014. 



Fishing contest winners


First place:
“Emily's First Bass” by Christopher Halsey, taken at Wagamon's Pond



econd place: "No Title" by Daniel Halsey, taken at C&D Canal



Honorable Mention:
"Serenity at Sunset" by Joey Melvin taken of Georgetown, taken at Collin Pond



Honorable Mention:
"My First Fish" by Jack Tsai of Wilmington, taken at Carousel Park Pond



Honorable Mention:
"No Title" by Tammy Halsey of Dover, taken at Trap Pond

The winning fishing 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 authorized fishing license dealers statewide in February 2014.

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