OGA Photo Competition 2021

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Three – socially distanced – men in a boat; Mark Turner’s winning entry in the OGA’s 2020 Photo Competition, in the Isolating Gaffers category.

It’s time to pore over those summer sailing photos… The 2021 OGA Photographic Competition is now open!

The categories are:

Sailing Gaffers

Photographs of gaffers in any situation: at work, rest or in repair. The photograph can be of one or many boats; and of the whole boat, or of any detail. The photograph should convey the special qualities attached to sailing gaffers.

Life at Sea

Photographs focusing on a human story, situation or atmosphere. The best or the worst: peace, excitement or misery!

The closing date is 1st December 2021. Winners will be announced at the OGA AGM in January 2022.


A selection of nautical books will be awarded for 1st, 2nd and 3rd in each Category.


  1. Photographs must have been taken between 1st January and 1st December 2021, by the entrant.
  2. Entries are limited to two photographs per category for each entrant.
  3. All entries must be in High Resolution format (original/actual size of image as taken on your camera/device); and be uploaded direct to the OGA website
  4. Submission of an entry gives the OGA permission to use the image in print and online
  5. Photographs must include a title – a brief, imaginative heading to convey mood or atmosphere. This forms part of the entry and may influence the judging. The title (max. 20 characters) should be supported by a caption – concise, factual data giving name of boat, location and other relevant details (max. 60 characters).

Enter here: www.oga.org.uk/awards___competitions/photo_competition_2021.html

For last year’s OGA photo competition results, see W148 (July/August 2021). Back issues of WaterCraft £7 a copy including postage to anywhere in the world: www.watercraft-magazine.com/back-issues

‘Flo in St Germans’ by Stuart Anderson, winner of first prize in the 2020 Life at Sea category.