2020 Photo Contest

2020 Photo Contest

Do you have amazing photos of Southern Delaware? Share them with us! 

Enter our 2020 Photo Contest and share your love for Southern Delaware with the world - and maybe even win some awesome prizes! 

Contest opens on January 1, 2020. Entries will be accepted until 5 p.m. on March 13th and winners will be announced Friday, March 27, 2020.

Photo Contest

There will be one Grand Prize Winner chosen from among all entries as well as one winning photo in each of three categories. Make sure the email subject line of your entry includes the name of the category you’re entering. There is no limit to the number of entries. All photos must be at least 1200 x 1800 pixels and must have been taken in Sussex County. Read all contest rules and eligibility information below. Please email each entry separately. All eligible photo entries will be uploaded to Southern Delaware Tourism’s Instagram feed at VisitSouthDel with the hashtag #SoDelPhotoContest2020. This year’s categories are:


#1 – Pets and their People

Photos must contain at least one person and one pet enjoying the outdoors in any season in Southern Delaware. Locations could include Southern Delaware trails, beaches, bays, waterways, downtowns, in boats, on kayaks, paddleboards, or tractors. Anything goes as long as the photo contains at least one person and one pet and it was taken outdoors in Sussex County. (Please make sure to read the note below about required model releases.)  


#2 – Culinary Coast™

Life tastes better here along the Culinary Coast™. Send us photos of your friends and family enjoying incredible Southern Delaware cuisine. Photos can be taken in Sussex County restaurants, strolling while noshing in our downtowns or on our boardwalks, or picnicking on our beaches. Send photos from our local Farmers Markets, cooking events, classes, brewery tours, winery tours, pub visits, farm visits, etc. Show us how you most love to enjoy Southern Delaware deliciousness! (Please make sure to read the note below about required model releases.)


#3 – Sensational Southern Delaware

Send us a photo of your very favorite (public) place in Sussex County. Not sure which place to pick? Think of it like this: what place immediately comes to mind when you think of Southern Delaware? Or maybe it’s the place you’re most nostalgic for when you’re not here… That’s your place, so send us a photo of it! Your photo can include people or not; totally up to you. (If it does, make sure to read the note below about required model releases.)

Judging our Photo Contest will be…

Man standing on foggy beach



Terry Plowman is the founder, editor and publisher of Delaware Beach Life, a magazine that was named the 2019 Tourism Partner of the Year by Southern Delaware Tourism. He serves as a judge for the annual Delaware Beach Life photography contest, and has served as a judge for competitions at the Coastal Camera Club. A longtime resident of coastal Delaware, Terry has worked as a journalist, editor, publications manager, and small-business owner. He served as editor of the Delaware Coast Press, a weekly newspaper based in the Rehoboth Beach, from 1993 to 1998. He then worked as a freelance editor and writer while making plans to launch Delaware Beach Life. In June 2002, the first issue of the magazine was published. Delaware Beach Life has won more than 100 awards for its content and design. From 1984 to 1993, Terry did occasional freelance photography and writing while running his Rehoboth Beach restaurant, The Front Page.



Bethany Beach Ocean Suites


A two night stay at the beautiful Bellmoor Inn & Spa in a Deluxe Room with 50 minute spa service. Includes hot breakfast. Black out June-August. Just two blocks from the beach and a few steps from great shopping, dining and nightlife,The Bellmoor Inn and Spa welcomes you. Enjoy free WI-FI, a beach shuttle, spacious guestrooms and suites and the same luxury service you remember as a kid. Redesigned for today's contemporary traveler, this historic hotel in the heart of Rehoboth Beach is ready to help you make a new generation of memories.



Photo contest individual category prizes:

Delmarva Board Sports


Pets and their People:  A two night stay at the pet-friendly Hyatt Place Dewey Beach! Some restrictions apply. Hyatt Place Dewey Beach offers seaside comforts for the soul. Stroll the Rehoboth Beach boardwalk, tour a brewery, or enjoy a round of mini-golf. Revel in the Delaware sunset, and unwind in an airy room or a condo with a full kitchen and other perks.

Delaware State Parks Logo


Culinary Coast™: $50 gift certificates to a host of Culinary Coast™ eateries, including your choice of one of LaVida Hospitality Group restaurants (Fork & Flask, Crooked Hammock, Big Chill Beach Club, Big Chill Surf Cantina, Taco Reho Food Truck); your choice of one of SoDel Concepts restaurants (The Clubhouse at Baywood, Bluecoast in North Bethany and Rehoboth Beach, Catch 54 in Fenwick Island, Crust & Craft, Fish On, Lupo, Matt's Fish Camp in Lewes and North Bethany, Northeast Seafood Kitchen, Papa Grandes, Thompson Island Brewing Company); Touch of Italy (Rehoboth Beach & Lewes); and Grotto Pizza, multiple locations; Big Fish Grill


Southern Delaware Downtowns Logo


Sensational Southern Delaware: A two night stay at the beautiful Inn at Canal Square. Some restrictions apply. Located on the waterfront in the heart of Historic Lewes, The Inn at Canal Square offers guests exceptional comfort coupled with seaside charm, uncompromising service, outstanding dining within easy walking distance, unique shopping and the beach only a half mile away. 


How to Enter

Email your entries to SoDelPhotos@gmail.com between 12:00 a.m. on January 1, 2019 and 5 p.m. on March 13, 2020. One entry per email. Include your entry category and your name, address, telephone number, and the photo location in your email and attach a model release if necessary (see below). Winners will be notified via email on Friday, March 27, 2019. Photos must be a minimum of 1200 x 1800 pixels. Entries containing inappropriate imagery will be disqualified. (If you wouldn't show it to your mom, we don't want to see it either...) Entries that do not comply with the stated rules will be deemed ineligible but will still become the property of Southern Delaware Tourism and subject to use as outlined below. Each entry constitutes the entrant’s certification that he/she meets all eligibility requirements. Judges decisions are final and binding.

NOTE: By sending Southern Delaware Tourism your photograph(s) you acknowledge and grant permission for it/them to be used in a wide variety of promotional materials including newsletters, flyers, posters, brochures, advertisements, correspondence, press kits, media submissions, websites, social networking sites, and other print and digital communications. If any person in your photograph is recognizable, you will need to provide Southern Delaware Tourism a model release form signed by that person or those persons or a parent or legal guardian if the person is under 18 years of age. Please send model release forms with the entry(ies) they cover. Images of unrecognizable people do not need model releases. Winning images of recognizable people will be disqualified if the photographer cannot provide a valid model release upon request. "Recognizable" means that a third party could identify the individual in the image, due to the visibility of any distinctive physical features, uniform, identification numbers, and so on.