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2023 Photo Contest

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

Enter our 2023 Photo Contest and share your love for Southern Delaware with the world - and maybe even win some awesome prizes! 

Contest opens on January 1, 2023 Entries will be accepted until 5 p.m. on Friday, March 10th and winners will be announced Friday, March 24, 2023.

Photo Contest

There will be one Grand Prize Winner chosen from among all eligible entries as well as one winning photo in each of three categories. Emailed entries will not be eligible. Submit your entries individually by specific category, using the appropriate category's upload button. Upload buttons are located on this page beneath each category. If you wish to submit more than one photo in a given category, you will need to refresh the page between uploads. Photos entered into incorrect categories will be deemed ineligible. There is no limit to the number of entries permitted, but each photo must be uploaded individually. Photos with watermarks of any kind are ineligible. 

Eligible photos must be at least 1200 x 1800 pixels and must have been taken in Sussex County. 

Read all contest rules and eligibility information below. All eligible photo entries will be added to Southern Delaware Tourism’s Instagram feed @VisitSouthDel with the hashtag #SoDelPhotoContest2023. This year’s categories are:

#1 – Southern Delaware Watersports

From the Atlantic Ocean to our sparkling bays and waterways, Southern Delaware is a playground for watersports enthusiasts of every stripe. Send us your pictures of people partaking in paddling, kayaking, kiteboarding, surfing, skimboarding, jet skiing, parasailing, swimming, fishing, crabbing, etc. Photos must contain at least one person to be eligible and must be taken in Sussex County, DE. Please read requirements for model releases below if your photo contains recognizable likenesses of individuals. Entries must include photo locations. 

#2 – Southern Delaware Farmer & Foodie

Agriculture and aquaculture are a very big deal here in Southern Delaware. It's what makes our Culinary Coast(tm) so scenic and delicious! Send us photos taken at our many agricultural attractions including Farmers Markets, Farm Stands, Flower Farms, on farm visits, or of people enjoying farm fresh dining in our local restaurants. Photos must be taken in Sussex County, DE. Please read requirements for model releases below if your photo contains recognizable likenesses of individuals. Entries must include photo locations.

#3 – Southern Delaware Boardwalk Scenes

Whether it's one of the bustling boardwalks lining Southern Delaware's Atlantic coast, riverwalks in Sussex County river towns, or a sun dappled boardwalk trail through one of our gorgeous state parks, wildlife refuges, or coastal marshes, the boardwalk is, and has been for centuries, an iconic coastal attraction. Show us photos of your favorite Southern Delaware boardwalks. Photos must be taken in Sussex County, DE. Please read requirements for model releases below if your photo contains recognizable likenesses of individuals. Entries must include photo locations. 

Judging our Photo Contest will be…

Tony Pratt and Pam Aquilani

Pam and Tony are a couple who also happen to be a couple of amazing and well known Southern Delaware (and beyond) photographers. Pam started out as a portrait and landscape photographer, and her field has grown to include editorial and architectural photography. She specializes in real estate and restaurant photography and cannot get enough of lifestyle photoshoots. She is a people person who loves the one-on-one, intimate atmosphere photography allows. Her client base reaches all of Delmarva and beyond, including SoDel Concepts, Fisher Architecture, Carl M Freeman Companies, Coastal Style Magazine, Delaware Beach Life Magazine, Longboard Cafe, Blue Water Hospitality Service, KOA Campgrounds, and more. View her website here

Tony, was interested in photography from childhood. In college he began to concentrate on photographing nature, and as he followed with a career in preserving natural environments he kept a camera in his hands for both his work and his personal enjoyment and fulfillment. A brief stint as the darkroom technician for the Delaware Coast Press in the 1970s resulted in Tony building a home darkroom where he bulk-loaded his own film, developed that film, and printed black and white photographs. He also shot color on slide film and eventually embraced the evolution to digital photography. He worked closely with ex-National Geographic photographer Kevin Fleming when Fleming was shooting for his books Wild Delaware and Wild Delmarva. This experience furthered Tony's ability to see the world with a critical, artistic photographer’s eye. His photographs have been used in many publications and by a wide variety of content preparers. Tony has co-taught several photography workshops with Fleming, has lectured to photography clubs, and has been asked to judge photography competitions countless times for clubs, government agencies and magazines. View his website here

Prizes

PHOTO CONTEST GRAND PRIZE

This year's Grand Prize Winning Photographer will receive two nights at XXXXXX, a $XXX gift certificate to dine at XXXX, a tour for two from XXXX, and an annual Delaware State Parks Pass. Hotel stay may be subject to restrictions. Winner must contact hotel for details.

Photo contest individual category prizes:

Southern Delaware Watersports:

Winner of our Southern Delaware Watersports category will receive a two night stay at XXXX, a gift certificate for two from Dewey Beach Parasail ($190 value), and a gift certificate from XXXX. Hotel stay may be subject to restrictions. Winner must contact hotel for details.

Southern Delaware Farmer & Foodie:

Winner of our Southern Delaware Farmer & Foodie category will receive a two night stay at the Hotel Bethany Beach, Farm Tours and gift certificates to the farm stores at two incredible Sussex County farms - Four Acres Living and Brittingham Farms, and a $50 gift certificate for dinner at Good Earth Market and Restaurant. Hotel stay may be subject to restrictions. Winner must contact hotel for details.

Southern Delaware Boardwalk Scenes:

Winner of our Southern Delaware Boardwalk Scenes category will receive a two night stay at the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel, an annual Delaware State Park Pass, and a gift certificate towards dinner at  Above the Dunes restaurant in Rehoboth Beach, brand new in 2022! Hotel stay may be subject to restrictions. Winner must contact hotel for details.

How to Enter

Upload your entries to the appropriate category(ies), above, between 12:00 a.m. on January 1, 2022 and 5 p.m. on March 10, 2023. Fill out all requested information for each entry including your name, email address, mailing address, telephone number, and photo location info.

If a model release is required (see below) fill it out and email it to SouthDelPhotoContest@gmail.com. Make sure to include the filename of the photo covered by the release in your email. 

Winners will be notified via email on Friday, March 24, 2022.

Photos must be a minimum of 1200 x 1800 pixels. Photos with watermarks of any kind will be deemed ineligible.

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) 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 is recognizable, you will need 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.