Photography Competition

Photographers, both amateur and professional, were invited to submit photos in our new look competition for 2019. Each category is in the process of being shortlisted with one winning image and up to three runners-up which will all be entered to a public vote to find one overall prize winner.

There are eight categories and entrants can expect to see their imagery used across IWA’s website, blog pages, printed leaflets, reports and other communications materials.  Photography received in this way allows us to improve the effectiveness of what we do and ensures that as much of our income as possible is used to protect and restore our waterways rather than in the purchase or rental of imagery.  Good images really bring our communications materials to life and increase support for the waterways overall.

Top prize is £100 gift voucher to spend at IWA's shop on maps, guides and clothing. Category winners will receive a £25 gift voucher and all shortlisted photos will get an IWA t-shirt.

The categories are:

Wonder in the every day – every day jobs illustrate our vibrant communities – mooring up for the evening, working the locks, cleaning the canoe.

Up-close - the faces of the waterways, the paddle pawl or the mooring ring….beautifully shot and instantly recognisable.

We want to be together – having fun on the waterways.  A couple hand in hand as they walk the towpath, a family enjoying a picnic, father and daughter enjoying each other’s company fishing.

On water - the boats that bring colour and life to our beautiful waterways – narrowboats, historic boats, widebeam boats, cruisers, coracles, canoes, paddleboards.

Restoration – With 500 miles of waterway that could be usefully restored.

Landscape – a view that includes a navigable waterway is one that we want to see.

Wildlife – cute, breathtakingly beautiful, awe inspiring – the animal and bird life that make our waterways a thing of wonder.

Built environment – who doesn’t want to live by water?  There are some beautiful old warehouses, wonderful new developments, creative, refreshing spaces to be.  Let’s get the picture of our urban, waterside environment.

See also our photography sharing T&Cs.


See current competition entries on Flickr.

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