Winners of Hunting and Fishing Photo Contests honored today at Delaware State Fair Governors Day ceremony

HARRINGTON (July 25, 2013) Today at the Delaware State Fair, Governor Jack Markell, DNREC Secretary Collin O’Mara, U.S. EPA Region III Administrator Shawn M. Garvin and Division of Fish and Wildlife Director David Saveikis honored the most recent winners of the Division of Fish and Wildlife’s annual Hunting and Fishing Photo Contests that best represented the 2012 contest theme of “Carrying on the Tradition.”

 The 2012 Fishing Photo Contest winner, “Em’s First Fish,” taken at McGinnis Pond by Joseph J. Corning of Felton, appears on the cover of the 2013 Delaware Fishing Guide. Emily Bonavita, Mr. Corning’s 8-year-old granddaughter and the subject of the winning photo, joined him in accepting his award.

Also recognized were second place winner Brandy Myers of Millsboro, and honorable mentions, Ruth Reynolds of Townsend, David Koster of Rehoboth Beach and Sean O’Donnell of Newark.

The 2012-2013 Hunting Photo Contest winner, “Three Generations,” taken by Robin James of Middletown, appears on the cover of the just-published 2013-2014 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide. Her winning photo shows her father, Michael Sethman, her 2-year-old nephew Nicholas Sethman, and her brother, Zach Sethman, at Augustine Wildlife Area near Delaware City. Her family joined her to accept the award.

Also recognized were second place and honorable mention winner Tammy Halsey of Dover, and honorable mentions Derrick Giuttari of Lincoln, and Amber Miller of Bridgeville.

The Division of Fish and Wildlife is accepting Fishing Photo Contest entries now through Tuesday, Oct. 15, for the 2014 Delaware Fishing Guide to be published next spring.

For this year’s contest, a judging panel comprised of DNREC staff will be looking for photos that best portray the contest theme, “Conservationists Enjoying the Outdoors.” Judges also will look at technical criteria including resolution, clarity and composition.

The contest is open to Delaware residents of all ages, with a maximum of three entries per person. To be eligible, photographs must have been taken in Delaware. Portrait orientation is preferred; landscape photos, if chosen among contest winners, may be cropped for presentation.

Entries may be mailed to the DNREC Division of Fish and Wildlife, Attention: Crystal Beck, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901. All Fishing Photo Contest entries must be postmarked or delivered by Oct. 15, and must include a completed and signed entry form. A photo release form signed by a parent or guardian also is required if a minor child is in the photo. Forms and more information are available on the Division’s website at Photo contest information, or Information also may be requested by calling Crystal Beck at 302-739-9911, or emailing

This year’s Hunting Photo Contest will accept entries beginning Sunday, Sept. 1, 2013 through Friday, Jan. 31, 2014, with similar guidelines.