Western Sussex Tourism Photo Contest

Western Sussex Tourism

Photo Contest


Dates: Entries will be accepted from September 1, 2018 through November 15, 2018 – 5:00pm

       Announcement of Winner at Chambers’ Holiday Social on Wednesday, December 5, 2018

Categories: (all photographs must have been taken in Western Sussex County, DE)

  1. Outdoor Recreation – including wildlife, scenic landscapes and waterway, activities and events that are outdoor recreational related
  2. Local Heritage & History
  3. Downtown Vibe – include local downtowns along Route 13/Sussex Highway from Greenwood to Delmar, DE i.e., restaurants, shops, events, parks, streetscapes, etc

Submissions – Candidates are allowed 1 photo per entry per category.

Two ways to submit entries:

  1. Email to admin@westernsussexcoc.com – One photo per email. All entries must be a minimum size of 1200 x 1800 dpi, must be named, include in the email the category to be entered, name, address, telephone number and photo location. If person(s) are in the photo, you must submit a signed model release waiver.*
  2. Upload to Chamber Facebook page – Visit Western Sussex Delaware

One photo per post. All entries must be named, include in the category to be entered, name, and photo location. Once uploaded please email original photo (1200 x 1800 dpi) to admin@westernsussexcoc.com  , along with your name, address, telephone number and photo location. If person(s) are in the photo, you must submit a signed model release waiver.*

ALL ENTRIES UPLOADED TO FACEBOOK will be entered into a “Fan Favorite” contest. Winner is decided by the most likes.

      *Waiver attached – Download adult waiver here and minor waiver here


Judging this year’s contest will be Gene Bleile and Ron MacArthur.

Ron MacArthur, a reporter/photographer with the Cape Gazette newspaper in Lewes, has worked in the community newspaper business for the past 45 years. During that time period, he has served in a number of positions and won hundreds of writing and photography awards.

As winner of the John H. Whitney Fellowship, he spent a year in Paris working at the International Herald Tribune newspaper.

He worked for the former Leader and State Register, Milford Chronicle and Seaford Star. He also was the Family Resource Coordinator at the Western Sussex Boys and Girls Club for six years and was a freelance writer and photographer.

Born and raised in Seaford, Ron was active in several civic organizations and served on Seaford City Council for 15 years before moving to Lewes 12 years ago.

He also teaches a youth photography class in the Cape Henlopen School District’s Cape Carousel after-school program.

He is married to Kathy O’Hanlon and his father, daughter, son-in-law and three grandchildren live in Seaford.

Mr. Robert “Gene” Bleile is a retired Seaford school teacher and coach, who at age 71, has found time in the last twelve years, to pursue his lifelong passion of photography.  He is a 1971 graduate of the University of Delaware and holds a dual BS degree in Health and Physical Education and a Master’s of Education in Elementary Counseling from Salisbury University.

Mr. Bleile’s love of photography comes from his father, the late, Lt. Col. Robert S. Bleile, who flew a P-38 Lightening reconnaissance plane in WWII. On the morning of 10 July 1943, then Lt. Bleile (stationed on a desert airstrip in North Africa) was the first allied pilot to be airborne and return with photographs of the Invasion of Sicily (Operation Husky).

“After the war, dad always had cameras around the house, when I was growing up in the 1950’s and I became hooked on taking pictures for life,” he is proud to say.

 Mr. Bleile is one of only a handful of Delaware photographers, who specialize in high dynamic range photography. The technique combines (layers) a minimum of three exposures, to a maximum of nine different exposures into one image, using only natural light.

 “I shoot each scene on a tripod and use up to nine different exposure settings in low light, usually during the “golden hour,” which is the hour before sunrise and the after sunset. This technique brings out the hidden shadow detail, while enhancing the color range and light texture of each image.

 If you have ever seen a brilliant sunrise or sunset, with the foreground in dark shadow, I can bring the entire setting to life, without the use of flash by painting with natural light on every hidden detail.

 His website, GeneBleilePhotography.com has over 2,000 images for sale and has been visited by over 13,000 visitors from around the world, since 2011. A selection of his work is also presented on FineArtAmerica.com, FineArtEurope.com and Shutterstock.com.


There will be 5 winners named – one for each category, a “Fan Favorite” and Best Overall.

The Fan Favorite and Category winners will receive a Chamber gift basket filled with great prizes and unique local gifts. The Best Overall Winner will receive a cash prize of $250.00.

Disclosure: Entries cannot be digitally designed and will not be accepted. Entries containing inappropriate imagery will be disqualified (if you won’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 Western Sussex Chamber of Commerce. 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 WSCC your photograph(s) you acknowledge and grant permission for it/them to be used in a wide variety of promotional materials including newsletters, flyers, brochures, advertisements, correspondence, press kits, media submissions, websites, social networking sites, and other print and digital communications. If anyone in your photograph(s) is recognizable, you will need to provide to WSCC a model release form signed by that person(s) or parent or legal guardian if the person in under 18 years of age. Images of unrecognizable people do not need model releases. Winning images of recognizable people will be disqualified if the photographer cannot provide a signed model release form 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.


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