The Delaware Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Control’s Division of Fish & Wildlife announced the first-place winner and other top entries in the 2017 Delaware Fishing Photo Contest.

First place was awarded to Chad Betts, of Milton, for his photo titled “Small Boat-Big Fish,” featuring his son, Cohen, holding his striped bass catch on Delaware’s Inland Bays.

The winning photo will be featured on the cover of 2018 Delaware Fishing Guide, with the other four photos displayed inside the guide.

The other contest winners are, second place, “Big Bass, Big Smile” by George Sapna II, of Seaford, for his photo of his grandson, George Sapna IV, on the Nanticoke River; third place, “Wacky for Bass” by John Kwoka, of Newark, for his photo of his wife, Ruby Kwoka, fishing in Portsville Pond; and honorable mentions “Summer Fun Fishing” by Paul Garcia, of Smyrna, for his photo of his son, Dominic Garcia, at a pond in Smyrna, and “Trolling Off Bowers Beach” by Jay Little, of Bowers, for his photo of a friend aboard a boat at Bowers Beach.

Three judges — Division of Fish & Wildlife Director David Saveikis; Jake Mathews, Fisheries Section environmental control technician; and Rebecca Hoover, licensing assistant and photographer — selected the top five entries. Judges were looking for well-composed photos that best portrayed this year’s contest theme, “Catch a Memory.”

The Division of Fish & Wildlife’s annual Hunting Photo Contest is currently accepting entries through Wednesday, Jan. 31, 2018.

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