Delaware Watersheds Photo Contest

DNREC’s Delaware Watersheds Photo Contest is open to photographers of all ages and skill levels. They will share their photos of Delaware’s natural beauty and remind us that everything that happens on land directly affects what happens in our waterways.

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Phil Miller
DNREC Div. of Watershed Stewardship
Contest Rules and Entry Form

The contest is open through Nov. 10, 2023. Photos will show waterways, landscapes, sustainable watershed practices, native plants and animals, agricultural practices and other aspects of our landscape.

A watershed is an area of land that water moves across or under to flow into a specific body of water. Anywhere you are, you are in a watershed. Delaware’s watersheds are diverse and lovely, each in their own way.

Photographers will submit photos along with information about which watershed it shows. A panel of judges, including a photographer, an educator and a DNREC scientist, will choose finalists.

Three wild turkeys, an adult and two juveniles, moving away from the camera, down a road bordered by wild grasses.
“Turkey Trot” by Kimberly Barksdale

The contest winner will be determined by the public on the DNREC Division of Watersheds Facebook page.

The winner will receive prizes including a gift card, a Delaware State Parks annual pass and a print of the winning photograph.

The winning photo also will appear in the Outdoor Delaware online magazine.

The winner of the 2022 contest was Kimberly Barksdale, whose photo “Turkey Trot” was taken “leaving Bear Swamp” in the Leipsic River Watershed.

Rules and Entry Information

Review the contest rules and enter your photography using the contest submission form. You will need to enter your name and contact information, where the photo was taken and what it shows.

A legal parent or guardian must complete the form for contestants under the age of 18.

Images must be at least 1650 by 2100 pixels resolution but no larger than 10MB. The digital image must be submitted in .jpeg or .png format.

Only photos that meet the criteria, along with a completed form, will be eligible.

DNREC staff members and immediate family are not eligible to submit photos in the contest.