DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife announces 2014 Delaware Fishing Photo Contest winners
DOVER (Jan. 30, 2015) – DNREC’s Division of Fish & Wildlife today announced the five top entries chosen from its 2014 Delaware Fishing Photo Contest.
First place was awarded to Amy Baldwin of Newark, for her sunset photo of her husband Kevin and their children Ella and Mason surf fishing along the Atlantic Ocean in Sussex County.
The other contest winners are:
- Second place: Angela Garcia of Smyrna, for her photo of her son, Dominic, and the largemouth bass he caught from one of the catch-and-release fishing ponds at the Division of Fish & Wildlife’s Aquatic Resources Education Center near Woodland Beach.
- Honorable mention: Amy Baldwin of Newark, for her photo of her 8-year-old daughter, Ella, displaying her catch, a striped burrfish, along the coast near Lewes.
- Honorable mention: “Another Day at the Office,” portraying 16-year-old Christopher Halsey with the largemouth bass he caught at Horseys Pond near Laurel, and taken by his uncle, Jason Gary of Hartly.
- Honorable mention: “Hannah’s Greatest Catch,” by Hong Zhao of Newark, catches his 10-year-old daughter Hannah smiling over the summer flounder she caught at Indian River Inlet in Sussex County.
The winning photos will appear in the forthcoming 2015 Delaware Fishing Guide. The fishing guide will be available online, at the DNREC licensing desk in Dover, and at fishing license agents statewide by next week.
Three judges – Division of Fish & Wildlife Director David Saveikis, and local photographers Tony Pratt and Freda Barrett, both DNREC employees – judged this year’s entries and then selected the top five. The contest specified that photographs must have been taken in Delaware and must depict anglers participating in fishing activities.
Judges were looking for photos that best portrayed this year’s contest theme, “Taking Action for Conservation,” whichcarried a lot of photographic consideration from the judges in selecting winning entries.
“Our fishing photo contest encourages anglers of all ages to participate in healthy outdoor recreation, especially children, who are the next generation of conservationists,” Director Saveikis said. “These images of anglers portray conservationists enjoying Delaware’s great outdoors, and we’re sure the public will enjoy seeing them in action.” The response from Delaware photographers to the contest over the last four years has more than met expectations, Saveikis added.
“We considered technical criteria such as resolution, clarity, lighting and composition,” said Mr. Pratt. “Some entries fit the theme, but had flaws such as poor lighting, an undesirable background or out-of-focus. Our winners are crisp close-ups of conservationists participating in fishing activities.”
“This year’s entries for the Fishing Photo Contest were a little challenging since many did not reflect this year’s theme. But we did receive some great photos and the top five photos will make a great addition to our 2015 Fishing Guide,” said Ms. Barrett. “I look forward to next year, and hope our anglers send in their photographs of family and friends enjoying Delaware’s great outdoors when we announce the next fishing photo contest.”
The details of the Division of Fish & Wildlife’s 2015 Fishing Photo Contest will be announced this spring, followed by the announcement of the 2015 Hunting Photo Contest in the fall.