Photo Guidelines

Fish must be handled properly. It is the responsibility of every angler to strive for 100-percent survival of released fish. 

An ethical angler handles their catch:

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 Photo courtesy of Sergio Diaz
  • with wet hands only,
  • is careful not to poke fingers into gills, and
  • fully supports the body weight of the fish by cradling it horizontally.
  • Large fish should not be boated, as removing them from the water can injure the fish.
    Fish Handling Guidelines

Catch and Release Brochure Adobe PDF

Photo Specifications

  • All submitted photos may be used in any FWC publication or on the website.

  • Images must be at least 300 dpi

  • Files 2 MB or larger preferred.

  • Preferred formats include .jpg or .tiff files.

  • Images should not be embedded in a Word document, .pdf or .ppt, etc.

    Photo Guidelines Adobe PDF

How to Submit

Email photos to along with a signed FWC Permission to Use Image form Adobe PDF.

Permission to Use Image forms can be submitted via:

Email (by scanning or taking a photo of the form):

Fax: 850-487-4847

FWC Division of Marine Fisheries Management
Ethical Angler Photo Contest
2590 Executive Center Circle
Berkley Building, Suite 204
Tallahassee, FL 32301

FWC Facts:
The FWC protects and manages more than 200 native species of freshwater fish and more than 500 native species of saltwater fish.

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