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Delaware Beach Life Photography Contest

Thank you to everyone who entered our 13th Annual Photography Contest, and congratulations to the winners! View the winning photographs above.

Delaware Beach Life magazine invites you to enter its 14th annual Photography Contest for amateur photographers.


UPDATE! Deadline extended to Oct. 1!

With some COVID-19 restrictions lifted, we wanted to give you a chance to get out and capture more of your best shots to enter into our photo contest! Good luck!



Categories are: (Photographs must capture life in coastal Delaware.)

  • WILDLIFE — Images must focus on wild animals in their natural habitat
  • SCENIC — Images may include people or pets
  • PEOPLE — Images may feature people in action or not

Judges will evaluate entries based on creativity, originality and technical proficiency.

Winners will be announced in the Winter 2020 issue of Delaware Beach Life. The top three photographs in each category will be featured in that issue.

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Digital entries allowed as of Sept. 1. For digital entries please fill out the form at the bottom of the page and attach your photo file. (The form must be filled out for each separate individual photograph.)


How to Enter:

Photographers may submit up to three entries per category.

A completed entry form must accompany EACH entry.

For print entry form, (click here).  

For digital entry, (click here).

All forms must be submitted by Oct. 1, 2020.




There is no entry fee or any other cost to enter.

Entries will not be returned.

Photographs must have a coastal theme. Images may be color, black-and-white or digitally altered, but will not be judged separately.

Entrants must be amateur photographers, 16 years of age or older. Those who make less than 50 percent of their income from photography are considered amateurs.

Professional photographers (those who earn 50 percent or more of their income from photography) are not eligible to participate — nor are Delaware Beach Life's regular contributors or contractors, or their family members.

Entrant must be the photographer who shot the submitted photographs. Entrants must have the consent of all recognizable people in the submitted images; winners will be required to provide signed model releases for all recognizable people in the published photographs.

Photographs previously published in other printed publications are not eligible.

Delaware Beach Life magazine is not responsible for any submitted materials. Delaware Beach Life magazine reserves the right to disqualify photographs deemed unsuitable.

Entrants agree that Delaware Beach Life may use all submissions for contest-related publishing or marketing purposes, but entrants retain all other rights to the use of their images. Photographers will be credited appropriately.

Entries that do not comply with contest rules will be disqualified.



Entries will be judged according to the overall quality of the photograph, specifically subject matter, composition of the image, exposure, color and focus.

Judges’ decisions will be final.

Each category may have a first-, second- and third-place winner. Honorable mentions may be granted at the judges’ discretion. Winners will be notified by email or phone.


Technical Details for Print entries:

Prints must be no smaller than 8 inches and no larger than 14 inches in either dimension. For instance, a 5 x 7-inch print or a 16 x 20-inch print would not be accepted. (High-resolution digital files may be requested for publication of the winning entries.)

Please mark photograph orientation if questionable. (Example, label the top of the photograph.)

Do not mat, frame or mount photographs.

Do not label photographs with your name. Photographs will be coded for judging.

Do not affix entry forms to the photographs using tape or staples, as that can damage the print. Please use only paper clips to join forms with prints.

Slides will not be accepted.


Technical Details for Digital entries:

Digital entries must be this size: between 2mb and 10mb.

(Higher-resolution images may be requested for winning entries.)



Digital Entry Form

Please complete this form for EACH entry submitted.

Only photographic prints may be submitted. Prints must be no smaller than 8 inches and no larger than 14 inches in either dimension.

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