Vivid, Stunning Watershed Shots Vie for Awards

The winners of a new photo contest featuring Delaware waterways will be determined by you, the public.

The Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s (DNREC) Division of Watershed Stewardship is encouraging Delawareans to vote on finalists in the first Delaware Watersheds Photo Contest by visiting

Online votes must be cast by Sunday, July 8.

According to DNREC, the contest aims to share the beauty of Delaware’s diverse environment while demonstrating that “everything happening on land within the state’s watersheds also directly affects what happens in our waterways.”

The agency says a watershed is “all of the land that water moves across or under while flowing to a specific body of water.”

The contest was open to all photographers, with images from any of Delaware’s watersheds accepted as entries. Early round judges were looking for striking photographic images of Delaware’s landscapes, waterscapes, native plants, and native wildlife.

Contestants entered photographs in three categories:

Photography by contest finalists will be on display at the 2018 Delaware State Fair and will be voted on by fairgoers to determine first, second and third-place winners. The three winners in each category will receive a DNREC Delaware State Parks annual pass for 2019.

First-place winners in each category also will be recognized at the annual DNREC Awards ceremony on Governor’s Day at the Delaware State Fair in July. Winning photographs also will appear in a future issue of Outdoor Delaware magazine. 

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