Southern Delaware Tourism 2023 photo contest opens Jan. 1

Southern Delaware Tourism 2023 photo contest opens Jan. 1

To celebrate Southern Delaware and keep it in mind for visitors planning a 2023 trip all winter long, Southern Delaware Tourism is launching its seventh annual photo contest.

Both locals and visitors are invited and encouraged to enter. Submissions will be accepted from midnight Sunday, January 1st to 5pm Friday, March 10th. Winners will be announced on Friday March 24th.

There will be one winning photo and one winning photo in each of three categories: Southern Delaware Watersports, Southern Delaware Farmer & Foodie, and Southern Delaware Boardwalk Scenes.

Model releases are required when a photo contains recognizable resemblances of people. Entries must be taken in Sussex County and photo locations must accompany the entries.

From the Atlantic Ocean to its sparkling bays and other waterways, South Delaware is a playground for water sports enthusiasts of all stripes. Southern Delaware Watersports listings may show people participating in paddling, kayaking, kite surfing, surfing, skim boarding, jet skiing, parasailing, swimming, fishing, crabbing and more. All photos must show at least one person.

Agriculture and aquaculture are very important in southern Delaware, making the Culinary Coast both scenic and delicious. Southern Delaware Farmer & Foodie photos can show many agricultural attractions including farmers markets, farm stands, flower farms or other farm visits; or show people enjoying hopfresh food at local restaurants.

Southern Delaware Boardwalk Scenes must include one of the bustling boardwalks along Southern Delaware’s Atlantic coast, river walks in the river towns of Sussex County, or a boardwalk through one of the beautiful state parks, wildlife refuges or coastal swamps. A boardwalk has been an iconic seaside attraction for centuries.

Photo contest winners are selected by Tony Pratt and Pamela Aquilani, photographers well known in southern Delaware and beyond.

All eligible photo entries will be uploaded by Southern Delaware Tourism to its @VisitSouthDel Instagram feed with the hashtag #SoDelPhotoContest2023.

Southern Delaware Tourism organizers are grateful to the partners who generously provided the contest prizes. Hotel stays may be subject to restrictions. Winners must contact Prize Partners for restrictions and details.

Grand Prize includes a two night stay at The Inn at Canal Square in Lewes, a dinner gift certificate for two at Grain on the Rocks near Lewes, a dolphin watching tour for two from Cape Water Tours & Taxi and a Delaware State Park Annual Pass.

Awards for the Southern Delaware Watersports category are a two-night stay at the Hyatt Place in Dewey Beach, a gift certificate for two from Dewey Beach Parasail (worth $190), and a gift certificate from Delmarva Board Sports for an hour kayak rental two (value $60).

The winner in the South Delaware Farmers and Foodies category will receive a two-night stay at the Bethany Beach Hotel; tours and gift certificates to farm shops at two Sussex County farms, Four Acres Living and Brittingham Farms; and a $50 dinner gift certificate at Good Earth Market and Restaurant.

The winner of the Southern Delaware Boardwalk Scenes category will receive a $500 gift certificate towards a stay at the Boardwalk Plaza Hotel, an annual pass to Delaware State Parks and a gift certificate to dinner at Above the Dunes restaurant in Rehoboth Beach.

To enter, email the photo to [email protected] between January 1st and March 10th. Entrants are responsible for reading all entry and eligibility rules and requirements prior to submission.

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