New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) has announced the winners of the angling segment of the WomenHuntFishNY photo contest, held this summer. After sifting through almost 4,000 photo entries, DEC staff chose 14 winners and runners-up.
Winners and runners-up were chosen in each of the following categories:
Freshwater Fishing (Inland) winner: Crystal Shore (Oneida Lake); runner-up: Michelle Muir
Freshwater Fishing (Great Lakes) winner: Rachael Bush (Orwell Creek); runner-up: Dana Paciello (Lake Ontario)
Saltwater fishing winner: Angela Bryanne De Jesus (East River); runner-up: Samantha Moses (Cold Spring Harbor)
Ice Fishing winner: Courtney Bly (Silver Lake); runner-up: Jennifer Pelletier (Lake George)
Youth Fishing winner: Lydia Houck (Lake George); runner-up: L. Murphy
Multi-Generational winner: Stacy Hollenbeck (Sandy Creek); runner-up: Christielee Bower
Action Shot winner: Brianna Cook (West Canada Creek); runner-up: Sarah Eilers (Lincoln Pond)
Winning entries will be featured in DEC’s print and electronic publications, including DEC’s website and The Conservationist magazine. Only photos taken in New York State were considered for the contest.
Approximately 170,000 women purchase fishing licenses in New York State each year, and more than 50,000 women are registered in the Recreational Marine Fishing Registry. According to a 2011 U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service survey of fishing, hunting, and wildlife-associated recreation, women make up approximately 25 percent of New York anglers.
To see more photos entered in the contest visit DEC’s Flickr photo album.
Photos, from above: Brianna Cook (West Canada Creek) and Jennifer Pelletier (Lake George).