Vermont Youth "Fish Tale" Photo Contest

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The Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department is reminding youths and their families to pack their cameras along with their fishing poles, tackle boxes and bait this summer.

Fish & Wildlife is holding a Youth "Fish Tale" Photo Contest during the 2008 fishing season with the objective of promoting family fishing in Vermont and increasing enthusiasm for fishing among Vermont youths and their families.

Fish & Wildlife is looking for pictures and an accompanying tale of the fishing adventure from young anglers enjoying the unique angling opportunities available in Vermont's lakes, ponds, rivers, and brooks.

The contest is open to anglers ages 17 and younger who go fishing in Vermont. Entries must be received by 4:30 p.m. November 14, 2008.

Photos and accompanying "tales" won't just be judged by whether a big fish was caught. Judges will also consider whether the photo and tale show young anglers having a good time, appreciating nature and promoting being outside with family and friends. A good tale about "the one that got away" and an accompanying photo of kids having a great time on a Vermont lake or stream might be just as good as a photo of the big one that was caught.

Photos from entries will be displayed on the Fish & Wildlife Department's website the following winter. Winners will be selected by Fish & Wildlife Commissioner Wayne Laroche, with the help of the department's Fish Outreach Team. The top three contestants will be awarded freshwater rod and reel combo packages as well as having their winning photos, printed and framed. Commissioner Laroche will present these prizes, as well as printed and framed photos for three additional runners up, at the 2009 Yankee Sportsmen's Classic. The department will also print and display each of the top three photos in the district office where the fish tale occurred.

Young anglers are encouraged to send in their 2008 fish tales and photographs, whether digital or film. Submissions will not be returned, and the department reserves the right to use photos. Currently, the Fish & Wildlife Department publishes pictures on its web site, but images may also be used in future publications.

Submissions must be taken in Vermont and include: a completed Contest Entry Form with parent or legal guardian's signature, angler's first and last name, postal mailing address, age, telephone number, and location and written description of the photograph (the "tale").

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Vermont Youth "Fish Tales" Photostory Contest
Vermont Fish & Wildlife Department
3902 Roxbury Road
Roxbury, VT 05669