Friends of Prime Hook nature photos must be submitted by October 8

The Friends of Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge have announced that their nature photography contest exhibit will open on Sunday, October 16 in the refuge’s auditorium.

Photographers are reminded to practice responsible and respectful observation of wildlife. The contest, which typically attracts over 200 entries, is open to photographers of all ages, and there’s always magic in the scenes captured by local photographers.

Photographs must be mailed or hand-delivered to the shelter office no later than Saturday, October 8. Submitted photographs will be judged by professional photographers during the week beginning Sunday, October 9. Winners will be announced and prizes will be awarded at a reception for artists and the general public to be held from 2 to 4 p.m., October 16, in the auditorium. Registrations will be posted in the auditorium until Sunday, December 11.

Admission is free and the public is encouraged to view the exhibit during the shelter’s opening hours. If in doubt, just call the shelter office at 302-684-8419 to make sure the auditorium will be open. There are no admission fees.

After the exhibition is over, a special audience prize will be awarded to the most popular photograph in the exhibition. Each visitor is encouraged to choose a favorite photo and vote for that photo. Instructions on how to vote will be posted in the auditorium.

Entries can be in any or all of these categories: Delmarva landscapes, native birds, other native wildlife (fish, insects, amphibians, mammals, reptiles, etc.), native plants and flowers, the beauty of Prime Hook, Senior Student (ages 13-17) and Junior Student (12 and under).

To qualify as Delmarva Scenery, photographs must have been taken on the Delmarva Peninsula. The Beauty of Prime Hook category only includes photographs taken within the confines of the refuge.

Photographs of wildlife, flowers and plants must be of native species. Indigenous is defined as “grown, produced, or native to or near a particular place” or “living or growing naturally in a particular region (indigenous)”. Simply, “native” should be understood as “not introduced by man”. Ineligible subjects include cultivated plants and flowers, as well as domestic animals such as dogs and cows.

Each photograph must be matte in white and unframed, and must have the entrant’s name, address, phone number and email address as well as the name of the photograph, where it was taken and the registration category placed on the back of the mat. The total dimensions of the photo and mat cannot exceed 16 inches by 20 inches. No writing may be on the front of the mat.

Entry fees are $5 per photograph or six for $25; fees must be included with submitted photographs. Student registrations are free. Make checks payable to Friends of Prime Hook NWR and mail or deliver to 11978 Turkle Pond Road, Milton, DE 19968; the shelter is located on Broadkill Road east of Route 1. Call the office at 302-684-8419 before dropping off entries to ensure a volunteer or staff member is available to accept photos.

For full contest rules, visit or go to the shelter office.

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