Following the success of the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation's statewide photo contest for women hunters, Commissioner Basil Seggos has announced the second phase of the "WomenHuntFishNY" contest to celebrate women anglers in the state. The contest officially opens on Monday, June 17, and continues through July 8."Women are an underrepresented, yet growing segment of New York State's angling public, and we want to highlight them in action," Seggos said in the press release detailing the contest. "Collecting and sharing photos of these female anglers - of all ages and abilities - will inspire women and girls to get outside and cast a line."Women who fish in New York State are encouraged to share their photos by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org. DEC welcomes photos of all aspects of safe, legal and ethical fishing. Contest categories include:• Freshwater fishing;• Saltwater fishing;• Ice fishing;• Youth (girls) fishing;• Mothers and children/multi-generational;• Action shots (casting, reeling or landing the big one).To be considered in the contest, photos must depict women fishing in New York State. Fishing photos entered in DEC's fall WomenHuntFishNY hunting photo contest will automatically be entered for consideration. Participants are encouraged to include a sentence to describe their image or experience.The deadline for contest entries is Monday, July 8. However, sportsmen and women are encouraged to share photos with DEC any time of year. All submissions will be-come property of DEC to be used in promotions and outreach. Winning entries will be featured on DEC's website, social media posts, marketing campaigns, print products and future outreach to in-spire future generations of female anglers.To view photos that were entered in the 2018 "WomenHuntFishNY" statewide photo contest, visit DEC's photo album at www.dec.ny.gov/press/press.html.