Photo Competition: 2017

The OGA Photography Competition 2017, closing date 31 December, is open only to members of the Association. It has two categories:

Sailing Gaffers Photographs of gaffers in any situation; under sail, at rest or in repair. The photo can be of one boat or many and can be of the whole boat or of any detail. The photo should convey something of the special quality that goes with gaffer sailing.
Life at Sea Here the emphasis is on the human story, the situation or atmosphere.The best or the worst; peace, excitement or misery.

In response to feedback from Members, we have removed the file size limit on images and are offering an alternative method to submit photos. Members may log in from a computer to submit entries via the OGA website, as in previous years, but without the need to reduce image size. Alternatively, Members may use the new form which also supports submissions from mobile devices eg phone or tablet. Make your choice over which method you use. Members may only submit two photographs in each category.

Read the rules below and look out for Mike Garlick's 'tips for how to impress the competition judges' in past issues of Gaffers Log. Browse the 2016 Competition Gallery for inspiration!

2017: submit from a computer

2017: submit from any device

Competition rules, 2017


All entrants must be members of the OGA, their family or crew.

Entry Procedure

All entries must be made online either via the OGA website by logged in members of the OGA or via the online form for any device, including phones and tablets.
All entries must be made by the photographer in person (or by an OGA member on behalf of a family member or crew member).
Up to two entries are allowed in each category.
The closing date for entry is 31 December 2017.


Photographs entered must have been taken between 1 January and 31 December 2017.
The photographs must not have been entered in any other photographic competition.
Each photograph must carry a title (max. 20 characters) and caption (max. 60 characters).
Digital processing is encouraged to maximise the features of a good photograph and for minor corrections to horizon, exposure and cropping. You need to be familiar with this for whatever system you use. Extreme techniques are discouraged and may be penalised.
The entrant will retain copyright of the submitted photographs, but the OGA has the right to use them for publicity, promotion or records online and in print in perpetuity, with due credit given to the photographer.

Judging and prizes

Shortlisting and judging is carried out within the OGA. Photographs will be judged on their relevance to the category, photographic quality and their impact through atmosphere or context.
Three prizes are awarded in each category.


Once again, the prizes for 2017 will be nautical books, with sponsorship from a range of publishers.
Winners will be announced and prizes awarded at the AGM in London, January 2018.
The winning photographs will be featured in the Spring 2018 issue of Gaffers Log and on the OGA website.