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Hunting and Fishing Photo Contests


Join the Division of Fish & Wildlife in recognizing Delaware's hunting and fishing traditions by submitting your own fishing and hunting photos for these annual contests. The contest is open to all Delaware residents.

All entries will be judged. Judges will choose a technically suitable photograph that best depicts the theme for fishing or hunting. Winning photographs will be featured in the upcoming fishing and hunting guides and may appear as the covers. Entries may also be used by the Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control or the Division of Fish & Wildlife for future advertisment and publications.

  2017/2018 Photo contest themes and deadlines


 Contest  Theme Opens  Closing Date* 
 Fishing  "Catch a Memory"  June 1  Oct. 31
 Hunting  "A Day Afield"  Sept. 1  Jan. 31, 2018

*All entries must be received by 4:30 p.m. on the contest closing date.

Click here for information and entry forms for the 2017/2018 fishing and hunting photo contests.

For more information contact Jennifer Childears at 302-739-9910 or


2017 Fishing Contest Winners
Theme: "Catch A Memory"
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 2nd place



First place: 
"Small Boat- Big Fish"
 by Chad Betts of Milton, featuring Cohen Betts on the Delaware Inland Bays

Second place:
"Big Bass, Big Smile"  by George Sapna, II

of Seaford, featuring George Sapna, IV 

at Nanticoke River

Third Place:
"Wacky for Bass" by John Kwoka of Newark,

featuring Ruby Kwoka on Portsville Pond







Honorable Mention:
"Summer Fun Fishing" by Paul Garcia of Smyrna, featuring Dominic Garcia in Smyrna


Honorable Mention:
"Trolling off Bowers Beach" by Jay Little of North Bowers


View All Fishing Photo Contest Entries
The winning fishing photos will appear in the 2018 Delaware Fishing Guide. The fishing guide is available online, at the DNREC licensing desk in Dover, and at authorized fishing license dealers statewide.


2016/2017 Hunting Photo Contest Winners
Theme: "Hunting with Family or Friends"
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  Couples Retreat



HM2  HM3

First place:
"Couples Retreat" by Bo Wilkinson of Dagsboro, featuring Morgan Anton in the Indian River

Second place:
"Opening Day Calls" by H. Joe Gannon III of Felton, featuring Quade Gannon in Harrington

Honorable mention:
“Waiting Patiently" by Barbara Greer of Middletown, featuring Riley in Middletown

Honorable mention:
“Catching Zs” by Mari-Carmen Rupp of Dover, featuring Xander Rupp at the Little Creek Impoundments

Honorable mention:
“Best Friends” by David Laux of Laurel, featuring Owen Laux and Maggie the Golden Retriever at Nanticoke Wildlife Area

View All Hunting Photo Contest Entries
The winning hunting photos will appear in the 2017/2018 Delaware Hunting Guide. The hunting guide will be available online, at the DNREC licensing desk in Dover, and at authorized license dealers statewide in July 2017. 



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