The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Fish & Wildlife is encouraging Delaware residents to enter hunting photographs.

The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Fish & Wildlife is encouraging Delaware residents to enter hunting photographs taken while afield in the 2016-17 Delaware Hunting Photo Contest.

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

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

Entries may be mailed to the DNREC Division of Fish & Wildlife Photo Contest, Attention: Jennifer Childears, 89 Kings Highway, Dover, DE 19901. All entries must be postmarked or delivered by Jan. 31, 2017, and must include a completed and signed entry form. A photo release form is also required for photos that include images of ages younger than 18. Information and forms are available at bit.ly/1unWuAt or may be requested by calling 739-9910 or emailing jennifer.childears@state.de.us.

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 dots per inch or greater.

Normal processing of RAW image files, minimal cropping and minor adjustments to color and contrast are acceptable. HDR 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.