Delaware Hunting and Fishing Photo Contests

Join the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife in celebrating Delaware’s fishing and hunting traditions by submitting your own fishing and hunting photographs for these annual contests. The contests are open to all Delaware residents of any age.

The winning photos appear in the next editions of the Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide and the Delaware Fishing Guide. The guides are available online, at the DNREC licensing desk in Dover, and at authorized license dealers throughout the state.

Photo Contest Themes and Deadlines

Please be sure to read all of the rules carefully. Any entries that do not follow all rules will not be accepted. Any photos under 2 MB will be rejected upon receipt.

2023 Fishing Photo Contest: Reeling in the Future

Open Jan. 1 through Sept. 30, 2023. Judges will look for photographs that best depict youth and adult anglers fishing together in Delaware. Photographers are encouraged to capture an angling experience that portrays how adult anglers are passing down the tradition of learning to fish while enjoying Delaware’s great outdoors. All entries must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Sept. 30, 2023.

2023/2024 Hunting Photo Contest: Adventures in Hunting

Open Sept. 1, 2023 through Jan. 31, 2024. Judges will look for photographs that best depict hunters actively engaged in hunting in Delaware. Photographers are encouraged to capture the hunter(s) in a scenic landscape representative of Delaware that portrays the adventure of the hunting experience. All entries must be received by 4:30 p.m. on Jan. 31, 2024.

Past Winners

2022 Fishing Contest Winners

Contest theme: “Adventures in Fishing”

A man stands thigh-deep in ocean water, facing a breaking wave and holding a fishing rod. He appears to be fighting a fish.
First Place: “The One That Got Away”, taken by Guy Wellman featuring friend Ricky Williams as he tried reeling in what was sure to have been a monster of a fish at 3 R’s Beach, just south of South Indian River Inlet in Sussex County, Delaware.
A child dressed in waders fishes from a snow-covered pond shore.
Second Place: “It’s Always a Good Day to Fish!”, taken by Amanda Parsons, featuring Jacob Buda (13) fishing on a snowy winter’s day at Milton Park in Milton, Delaware.

2022 Honorable Mentions

A person with a fishing rod stands waist deep in a bay, silhouetted by the sun.

“Beautiful Day on the Delaware Bay”, by Will Geppert of Rehoboth Beach, featuring Trent Batson fishing in the shore along the pier at Cape Henlopen State Park in Lewes, Delaware.

A man and a child sit back-to-back on a stone jetty holding their fishing rods.

“Daddy Daughter Duo”, taken by Christy Janas of Newark, featuring Jerry Fisher and his daughter Airella at Bowers Beach, Delaware.

A person stands with a fishing rod at the shore, silhouetted by the sun.

“Early Mornings at Broadkill Beach”, by Michael Street of Dover, featuring him fishing at Broadkill Beach, Delaware.

2022/2023 Hunting Photo Contest Winners

Contest Theme: “Adventures in Hunting!”

A young boy, bundled up in cold-weather hunting gear, looks out across a winter marsh.

First Place: “Icy Morning…Memories in the Making,” taken by David Ross of Clayton featuring his son Huntley who were hunting in Little Creek, Delaware.

A young woman wearing camouflage clothing, and a vest and hat in hunter orange, poses with a dead doe.

Second Place: “First Deer of the Year,” captured by Victoria Herndon of Middletown to commemorate her first deer harvest of the season.

2022/23 Honorable Mentions

“End of the Day…” by Julie Humphreys of Frederica of Mark Humphreys and son Wyatt.

“First Turkey,” taken by David Ross of Clayton, featuring his daughter Hailey and her first turkey harvest.

“Jacob’s 1st Drake Mallard,” by Jeremy M. Decento of Houston of his son Jacob and his first mallard harvest.