Prime Hook Wildlife Refuge annual photo contest approaches


MILTON – The 16th Annual Friends of Prime Hook U.S. Wildlife Refuge Nature Photography Contest is approaching quickly. The deadline for entries for this year is Sunday, October 13, so there is only a little time left to find that beautiful print or snazzy snapshot.

The annual contest showcases much of the finest nature photography on the Delmarva Peninsula and attracts more than 200 entries in seven different categories. This year’s contest opens on Sunday, October 20 with an opening reception from 2 to 4 p.m. at the refuge auditorium.

The contest is open to all photographers.  There are several categories with many chances to win awards for photographers of all ages and abilities.  Categories include the Beauty of Prime Hook, Native Flowers and Plants, Native Birds, Native Wildlife, Delmarva Scenery, Senior Student  and Junior Student.

Come see some of the best nature photography in the region. Photos can be viewed every day until December 8 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. There is no admission charge, but prepare to be wowed.

The annual contest is sponsored by the Friends of Prime Hook National Wildlife Refuge.

The show is open to visitors and offers soaring vistas of some of the most scenic areas and wildest residents of the area. Visitors are asked to vote for their favorite photo, which will then receive a “People’s Choice Award” at the conclusion of the show.

The Friends’ group would like to thank this year’s panel of distinguished photographers who will be judges.

The Friends’ group would also like to thank the refuge staff and the many volunteers who help make the contest possible each fall.  If you don’t enter this year, please consider joining us and sharing some of your photography for next year’s contest.

Photo 1: Ed Norman is shown with his 2018 “Best in Show” winning photograph entitled “Peregrine on the Attack.

Photo 2: Julie Memmolo won first place in the native birds category in 2018 with “Hanging with Mr. Cooper.

Photo COVER: Earl Blansfield won multiple awards last year, including first place in native wildlife and second place in native birds with “Hummer in the Thistle.”