The Jan. 31 deadline is approaching to enter the best outdoor photograph in the Delaware Division of Fish & Wildlife’s annual Delaware Hunting Photo Contest.

The winning photo will be featured on the cover or inside the 2017-18 Delaware Hunting and Trapping Guide.

A judging panel comprised of DNREC staff will look for photos that best portray this year’s contest theme, “Hunting with Family or Friends.” Judges also will look at technical criteria including resolution, clarity and composition.

“The hunting photo contest is a great chance to showcase and share adventures with other hunters,” said Division of Fish & Wildlife Director David Saveikis. “The theme helps reinforce and capture the fun of a shared outdoor hunting experience.”

The contest is open to all Delaware residents, with a maximum of three entries per person. To be eligible, photographs must have been taken in Delaware. Portrait orientation is preferred; landscape photos, if chosen among contest winners, may be cropped for presentation.

Photographs must be submitted as 8-by-10-inch photo quality prints, without frames or mats and no markings or signatures on the front or back. Winning entries must be available in a digital version with resolution of 300 dpi or greater when enlarged to 8-by-10 inches.

Normal processing of RAW image files, minimal cropping and minor adjustments to color and contrast are acceptable. High-dynamic range and focus stacking are permitted as long as manipulation is disclosed upon entry. Nothing should be added to the image or, aside from dust spots, taken away. The entrant must hold all rights to the photograph and must not infringe on the rights of any other person. Images that involve unlawful harm to wildlife or damage to the environment should not be submitted and will not be accepted. Entries will not be returned.

Entries may be mailed to the DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Photo Contest, Attention: Jennifer Childears, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901.

Entries must be postmarked or delivered by Jan. 31 and must include a completed and signed entry form. A photo release form is also required for photos that include images of children younger than 18. Information and forms are available at dnrec.delaware.gov/fw/Pages/FWphoto_contest.aspx, or may be requested by calling 739-9910 or emailing jennifer.childears@state.de.us.