Capture the hatchery Photo contest


Participants were encouraged to capture UP TO THREE PHOTOS on the grounds of the historic fish hatchery.

  • There will be THREE CATEGORIES:
    • Youth
    • Amateur
    • Professional
  • Awards will be given to the top 3 photographers in each division.
  • Winners will be announced 
  • There will be no theme, the only rule is the photo must be taken on the grounds of the DC Booth National Fish Hatchery during the allotted timeframe.
  • Contestants will submit their photos to  with their name, category/group, and title of the image + required forms below.
  • Contestants must agree to the consent and credit release. ONLY photos with minors/children need the agreement for use of likeness. Landscape and wildlife photos do not need the consent release.
  • There will be no entry fee.

Our 2022 Fall Photo Contest Winners!


In the Professional Category
1st– The Maple Tree, Jon Sailer
2nd Shades of Fall, Jon Sailer
3rd To the Fishing Hole, Jon Sailer

In the Amateur Category
1st– Fish Car #3- Greg Golliet
2nd– Sitting Wood Duck- Kym Flaigg
3rd– Untitled (children going up the steps)- Natalie Williamson

In the Youth Category
1st– Untitled by Laurie Vifquain
2nd Feeding Time by Graham Fountain
3rd Water Bucket Man by Lincoln Fountain
4th Fish on a Cart by Caitlin Fountain

Our 2022 Winter Photo Contest Winners!


No Professional Entry.

Amateur Category:
Shelly Burkhard  – 1st Place Amateur
Kim Armstrong – 2nd Place Amateur
Heather Doergers – 3rd Place Amateur

Youth Category: 
Laurie Vifquain – 1st Place

Our 2023 Spring Photo Contest Winners!


Professional Category:
John Mitchell – 1st Place
“Trio of Goslings”

Amateur Category:
Natalie Williamson – 1st Place
Barb Matson – 2nd Place
Shelly Burkhard- 3rd Place

No Youth Entries.

Our 2023 Summer Photo Contest Winners!


No Professional Entries.

Amateur Category:
Elaine Blodgett, – 1st Place
Aaron Norton – 2nd Place
Pamela Pauley – 3rd Place

Youth Category:
Owen Norton – 1st Place
Osey Woiwode – 2nd Place
Laurie Vifquain – 3rd Place


Photo Contest Information

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All digital photo contest entries must be taken on the grounds of the D.C. Booth National Fish Hatchery & Archives in Spearfish, SD. File size is limited to 5MB, JPEG format is preferred.



Photo submissions will be judged by community members and winners from each theme and entrant category will be awarded a prize from the Pond Gift Shop. After receiving notification by email with details on how to collect their prizes, winners and their photography will be announced on social media.

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Photo Release Info

All contest entries will be retained by D.C. Booth National Fish Hatchery & Archives and may be used for a variety of reasons including, but not limited to publications, webpages, and presentations. Photo credit will be included on any images used for these purposes. All participants must submit a completed “Copyright Release Agreement” Form 3-2259 when entering photos to the contest.

Use of Likeness

If the face of an individual is pictured in a photograph, an “Agreement for Use of Likeness in Audio/Visual Products” must accompany the entry; please complete and submit Form 3-2260 for this purpose.

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The Booth Society is a non-profit, citizen-based group which relies on donations, sales, and City subsidy funding to promote, preserve, and enhance the educational, cultural, and recreational opportunities at the D.C. Booth Historic National Fish Hatchery.