2018 Photo & Video Contest

2018 Photo & Video Contest

Do you have amazing photos or video of Southern Delaware? Share them with us! 

Enter our 2018 Photo Contest and share your love for Southern Delaware with the world - and maybe even win some awesome prizes! 

Contest opens on January 1, 2018. Entries will be accepted until 5 p.m. on March 16th and winners will be announced Friday, March 30, 2018.

Photo Contest

There will be one Grand Prize Winner chosen from among all entries as well as one winning photo in each of four categories (yup, we added a fourth category this year, so go nuts!) Make sure the email subject line of your entry includes the name of the category you’re entering. There is no limit to the number of entries. All photos must be at least 1200 x 1800 pixels. Read all contest rules and eligibility information below. Please email each entry separately. All eligible photo entries will be uploaded to Southern Delaware Tourism’s Instagram feed at VisitSouthDel with the hashtag #SoDelPhotoContest2018. This year’s categories are:

#1 – Festivals & Events

We always say that fun is happening here any time of year, so show us the fun you’ve experienced at a festival or event in Sussex County whenever they took place! Include the name of the festival or event with each entry.

#2 – Arts & Entertainment

Love the visual arts scene here? Live theater? Galleries, artists’ studio tours, concerts, arts festivals, performances by the best regional and national talents? Share your artful and entertaining experiences with us! Make sure to share the venue with us, too.

#3 - Playtime

This category is all about bringing the happy. Share your photos of people and/or pets playing anywhere in Sussex County. Each photo in this category must include at least one person or one pet. Include location information for each photo you enter.

#4 – Southern Delaware Downtowns

Southern Delaware is chock full of charming, historic, picturesque downtowns in thriving, friendly communities with bustling main streets, fascinating architecture, and vibrant businesses. Show us all there is to love about your favorite Southern Delaware downtown! (Sussex County downtowns only, please.) Include location information with each entry.

Judging our Photo Contest will be…

…Photographer and publisher Kevin Fleming. Kevin has covered the world as a photographer for National Geographic and has been recognized America’s Best Observer by Readers Digest. His assignments have taken him into war and famine in Somalia, to the Mediterranean for a re-creation of the voyage of Ulysses and put him on a dogsled crossing the Canadian arctic. A Delaware native, Kevin spent a decade as a National Geographic photographer and most recently has concentrated on creating books. His photography has won many national and international awards. He has photographed the diverse wildlife living in the Delaware, Maryland and Virginia area. You can see these creatures in his book Wild Delmarva. He also created a photographic history book for the state of Delaware titled Landmarks and Legacies, which features all of Delaware's historic points of interest. His most recent book is titled “The Beach”, which captures the wildlife, nature and beauty of coastal Delaware. Kevin has published twenty-three books to date. 


Video Contest

Brand new in 2018, submit your videos! Each must be no more than two minutes in length and entries must fit into one or more of the photo contest categories listed above. All videos must have been filmed entirely in Sussex County, DE.

Video contest instructions & rules:

Entrants must abide by rules in our “How to Enter” section, below. In addition:

  • Must be 18 to enter.
  • Video(s) must not include individual images, performance, or mentions of any copyrighted material.
  • Upload your video to YouTube (all entries must comply with YouTube terms of service.) and email the link to us at SoDelPhotos@gmail.com. Each entrant must be the rightful owner of the email address registered with the YouTube account used to log in and upload the video submission.
  • Videos may not contain graphic overlays.
  • The Entrant should be able to provide on request all appropriate clearances, permissions and releases for the Video Submission, including releases from the submitting Entrant and any third parties appearing in the Submission. Incomplete, corrupted, untimely, or unintelligible entries will be disqualified.

Judging our Video Contest will be…

Bob Backman, President & General Manager and Bill Schull, News Director for WRDE Coast TV

  Bob was born and raised in Philadelphia. At a very young age, he became transfixed with local TV and radio broadcasting. His first job, at the age of 12, was answering the request line phone for the DJs at the local Top 40 Radio station. Bob saw firsthand how broadcasting could be an important part of people’s lives and a force for good. .TV and radio in those days was truly local, locally owned …locally programmed.  And, that’s the part of broadcasting Bob fell in love with. When got his chance after serving all these years in the broadcasting business to finally get his own local NBC TV station, Bob declared as his mission: ”local, local, local” and assembled a wonderful family of broadcasters to carry out and enhance that goal. Bob loves the outdoors and is a member of a local hiking club. Bob also is a huge fan of Doo Wop Music and hosts a nationally syndicated Doo Wop radio show on SiriusXM  as well as hosting Oldies concerts all over. For Bob, WRDE, NBC Coast TV is truly a dream come true.


Bill Shull is currently the News Consultant for WRDE-TV, Delmarva's NBC station. Bill has been in broadcasting for more than 35 years as a photographer, reporter and producer. Bill has worked for CNN, The McLaughlin Group, WTXF-TV and WCAU-TV, both in Philadelphia. As an avid photographer, Bill mostly shoots aviation and wildlife, both part of life on Delmarva. You can see his work at BillShullPhotography.com and on his BillShullPhotography Facebook page.





Photo winner receives a Victorian Vacation package at the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel in Rehoboth Beach! Select from a variety of accommodations, then relax in Victorian charm during your stay between October and May while they take care of the pampering details! Victorian Vacation package includes 3 days and 2 nights lodging, 2 breakfasts OR 1 breakfast and 1 Sunday brunch (per person) 1 dinner (per person). Breakfast includes your choice of an entree and two nonalcoholic beverages. Brunch includes one $5 item, one $10 or $15 item and one nonalcoholic beverage. Dinner includes an appetizer, entree, dessert and one nonalcoholic beverage. Foodservice gratuity is also included. (Note, certificate is good for one year, so will be valid for stay between approximately April 1, 2018 and March 31, 2019.) Winner also receives a gift certificate for a Kevin Fleming photography workshop. 



Winner will receive a $100 gift certificate to B&H Photo and a three night stay at The Hyatt Place Dewey Beach. Located by the Rehoboth Bay and footsteps from the Atlantic Ocean, this premiere resort hotel is surrounded by lively nightlife and exceptional dining; guests enjoy miles of shoreline, a variety of water sports, stunning sunsets on the Rehoboth Bay, convenient access to local golf facilities, and a variety of tax-free shopping options from the outlets to quaint historic downtown marketplaces. The Hyatt Place Dewey Beach offers deluxe overnight accommodations and daily amenities and services which include the a.m. Kitchen Skillet Breakfast, Starbucks coffee, afternoon and evening dining/cocktail service, state of the art fitness center, indoor salt-water pool, and resort concierge services. Certificate is for a Three Night Stay from December 21, 2017 to May 24, 2018 or from September 3, 2018 to December 30, 2018. Reservation is based upon availability and must be booked directly with the Hyatt Place Dewey Beach management team a minimum of 10 days prior to arrival.

Photo contest individual category prizes:


Festivals & Events Photo winner receives four 2018 Winter WonderFEST passes and a $100 gift certificate to Crooked Hammock Brewery



Arts and Entertainment Photo winner receives gift certificates/two tickets for use at each of the following venues during the 2018 season: Clear Space Theatre, Milton Theatre, Dickens Parlour Theatre. 



Playtime Photo winner receives $100 Gift Certificate from Quest Adventures, gift certificate to Lefty’s Alley & Eats, and an Annual State Park Pass.  

Southern Delaware Downtowns Photo winner receives Sussex County Downtowns gift basket.

How to Enter

Email your entries to SoDelPhotos@gmail.com between 12:00 a.m. on January 1, 2018 and 5 p.m. on March 16, 2018. One entry per email. Include your entry category and your name, address, telephone number, and the photo location in your email and attach a model release if necessary (see below). Winners will be notified via email on Friday, March 30, 2018. Photos must be a minimum of 1200 x 1800 pixels. Videos must be two (2) minutes or less in length. Entries containing inappropriate imagery will be disqualified. (If you wouldn't show it to your mom, we don't want to see it either...) Entries that do not comply with the stated rules will be deemed ineligible but will still become the property of Southern Delaware Tourism and subject to use as outlined below. Each entry constitutes the entrant’s certification that he/she meets all eligibility requirements. Judges decisions are final and binding.

NOTE: By sending Southern Delaware Tourism your photograph(s) and/or video(s) you acknowledge and grant permission for it/them to be used in a wide variety of promotional materials including newsletters, flyers, posters, brochures, advertisements, correspondence, press kits, media submissions, websites, social networking sites, and other print and digital communications. If any person in your photograph or video is recognizable, you will need to be able to provide Southern Delaware Tourism a model release form signed by that person or those persons or a parent or legal guardian if the person is under 18 years of age. Images of unrecognizable people do not need model releases. Winning images of recognizable people will be disqualified if the photographer cannot provide a valid model release upon request. "Recognizable" means that a third party could identify the individual in the image, due to the visibility of any distinctive physical features, uniform, identification numbers, and so on.