Winter Instagram Challenge

And the Winners Are…

We asked readers to submit their best pictures of the beauty of the First State in winter. Out of the almost 200 fantastic submissions, these shots best captured what we were looking for.

Photo Duane Loveland

First place

@mrloveland • Duane Loveland, Elsmere

Photo taken at Breck’s Mill Area, Hagley

“This shot is part of a photo project I started in the fall. My goal is to capture the changing seasons from this location. I got the inspiration for the project from a Bob Ross painting. Finding the right angle for this shot just required a little bit of walking along the side of the road until I could lean out over the stone barrier far enough to get clear of the trees along the river bank.”

Photo Deb Felmey

Second place

@dlfelmey • Deb Felmey

Photo taken at Fowler Beach

“Snowy owl visiting at Fowler Beach—one of the coolest reasons to brave the cold this winter.”

Photo by Jesse Walker

Third place

@jrhimself302 • Jesse Walker, Wilmington

Photo taken at Alapocas Run State Park

“The picture is from right after a heavy snow storm. I hiked down to this location in the snow to get this shot, which was worth it.”

First place receives one Delaware Nature Society household membership, and runners-up will get gift cards to Iron Hill and Penn Cinema movie tickets. The contest was sponsored by Delaware Nature Society. Thanks to everyone who participated!

Winter Instagram Challenge

Cold, gray and bleak: It’s winter, so that means we’re all hibernating on the couch re-watching The Office on Netflix, right? Not quite.

In keeping with the theme of our Optimism Issue and championing the good things happening in Delaware, in partnership with Delaware Nature Society (DNS) we’re challenging the amateur and pro photographers among our readers to get outside and capture the beauty of the state in winter. Wildlife, winter walks, snowstorms, backyard scenes, landscapes or the frozen bay—just whip out the trusty smartphone or an actual camera and start capturing the natural wonders The First State has to offer in winter.

Then, from Feb 1-19, share your best shots with the hashtags #OandAwinter and #delnature for a chance to be featured on @outandaboutmagazine’s Instagram. Winning photos will appear in our 30th Anniversary March issue, plus one DNS household membership will be awarded,  along with gift cards to Iron Hill and Penn Cinema movie tickets.

We’re looking for originality, high resolution photo quality, and most important, a photograph that conveys why this spot or this scene is special.

The contest is sponsored by Delaware Nature Society. One note: Out & About contributors are not eligible.