The application period for the 2020 Official Volunteer Photographers program has closed. Please consider applying in the fall of 2020 when the application period will open for the 2021 Team. Check this page in early 2020 to learn about the 2020 Team! Posted 12/10/19
Meet the 2020 Volunteer Photography Team!
This group of skilled volunteer photographers was selected to support the efforts of Delaware State Parks by documenting programs, natural landscapes, events, exhibits, and experiences within the parks. Their work will help inspire outdoor adventure, educate others about Delaware’s natural and cultural resources, and lead people to meaningful outdoor experiences.
Are you interested in joining the 2021 Volunteer Photography Team? Applications will open in late fall 2020!
Photographer since 2012. Degree in Media Design/Photography.
Favorite subjects: Landscapes and flowers
Lifelong photographer, serious hobbyist since 2012.
Favorite subjects: Landscapes, sunsets and reflections
Photographer for 15 years
Favorite subjects: Milky Way and stars
Lifelong photographer, active the last 15 years
Favorite subjects: Nature, birds, and landscapes
Photographer for 11 years
Favorite subject: Nature
Photographer since 2006
Favorite subjects: Landscapes and live music
Photographer for 8 years
Favorite subject: Wide natural landscapes
Photographer since 2014
Favorite subjects: Landscapes and nature
Photographer for 5 years
Favorite subject: Landscapes
Photographer for 5 years
Favorite subject: Landscapes and nature
Hobbyist for 25 years, professional for 2 years
Favorite subjects: Wildlife, marine mammals, landscapes.
Photographer for 7 years
Favorite subject: Landscapes, nature, travel, portraits.
Photographer for 26+ years
Favorite subject: Landscapes
Seeking: Skilled Photographers
Share your artistic abilities to visually showcase the many ways people enjoy the environment, history and recreation available in Delaware State Parks.
In this competitive program for volunteers 18 years and older, you will be one of our Official Volunteer Photographers, skilled in composition, editing, and the ability to capture the essence of Delaware State Parks' natural, cultural and recreational resources in a respectful and visually appealing way. Your work will be used in Delaware State Parks marketing and media to showcase Delaware State Parks.
Volunteer Term and Assignments
Volunteer photographers are accepted for a 1-year term.
All volunteer photographers agree to photograph 5 assignments during their term year.
These assignments must cover at least 3 seasons.
- Volunteer photographers may not solicit financial compensation from park visitors or the State of Delaware for use of their photographs, or use the volunteer position to promote/publicize their own businesses.
Editing and Delivery
- After covering an assignment, the requested number of photos must be selected, edited, and uploaded within a 2-week time period.
- All photos must be uploaded in 300 dpi, high-resolution format without watermarks.
- RAW, unedited images must also be submitted for each assignment.
All volunteer photographers must provide and maintain their own photography gear. All personal gear is the responsibility of the photographer, and Delaware State Parks is not liable for damage to personal gear while volunteering.
All volunteer photographers must provide their own editing software.
Once accepted into the program, all volunteers must attend Official Volunteer Photographer Training, scheduled with the Director of Marketing.
Volunteer photographers must wear proper, Division-issued identification when shooting assignments. This identification is not to be worn outside of official assignments.
Photographers cannot take photos anywhere photography has been prohibited by DNREC's Division of Parks & Recreation.
Official Volunteer Photographer identifying gear
Admission to park and special events.
Free Delaware State Parks Annual Pass for the term-year
Possible photography show in a Delaware State Park
Special Park and Division Recognition Program
Opportunity to learn or expand knowledge of natural, cultural and recreational resources available in Delaware State Parks.
To Be Considered:
Submit Application – include a link to your digital portfolio of landscape, portrait, and event work
Applications and portfolios will be reviewed to determine candidates for interview with Marketing Director
Criminal History Background Investigation – conducted on-line at no fee to volunteer
Selected volunteers will be invited to attend Official Delaware State Parks Volunteer Photographer Training.
Take the First Step!
Fill out our Volunteer Photographer Application Form
Can I post my photos taken at the parks on my own social media accounts, website, blog, portfolio, etc.?
Yes. As long as the photos were taken in a public place, you may post them on your own channels.
What rights do I have to my photos?
You have all rights to your photos. Delaware State Parks and related partners have the right to use the photographs for any lawful purpose, including purposes such as publicity, illustration, advertising, and web content for a lifetime without any limitation on the number of reproductions, impressions, or budget.
How will my photos be used by Delaware State Parks?
Any photo you provide to Delaware State Parks becomes the property of Delaware State Parks. These photos may be used on the Division’s website, social media platforms, blog, newsletter, printed materials, and other places where appropriate.
Will I receive photo credit when my photos are used by Delaware State Parks
Delaware State Parks does not guarantee photo credit for any photo used. Photo credit may be given on occasion. If requested, a copy of where the photo was used can be provided by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org.
Where can I go within Delaware State Parks?
Photos can be taken in any public place in Delaware State Parks.
I want to do my own photoshoot at Delaware State Parks. Can I do this?
Yes. Any professional photoshoots outside of official Volunteer Photographer assignments require a Delaware State Parks photography permit. You can find more information about the Division’s photography policy here.