The 2019 BoatUS Magazine Photo Contest

Send us your best shots of everything from weather to fishing, from family to local color, from close-ups of boating gear to glorious seascapes, from boat chores to seasonal fun. The only common denominator? Each photo must contain a boat, or be set on a boat.


Choose from five categories:


Boats in their surroundings. Perhaps a photo of a favorite cruising destination or anchorage, either from the perspective of in the boat looking out, or of a boat as part of the landscape.


How boaters experience their passion; often includes people or animals. Can include recreational or commercial boating.


Capture the excitement of racing, watersports, catching a trophy fish, or just about anything in motion on or around a boat.

Art Photography

Submissions go beyond the literal representation of a scene or subject, showing the photographer's vision. Can be manipulated digitally or include multiple exposures. Must include a boat or be set on a boat.

(NEW!) Magazine Cover Photo

A vertical photo that includes a boat or is set on a boat. Strong entries include a striking, inviting image that captures a reader’s attention and takes into consideration the BoatUS Magazine cover layout. Subject can be scenic, action, lifestyle, artistic, or other, as long as it includes a boat or is set on a boat. Final image may be digitally manipulated or include multiple exposures.

Entries will be judged on originality, technical excellence, composition, overall impact, artistic merit, and subject matter relevance. Photos from the winners as well as finalists will be featured in our February 2019 issue and on our website.


The winner of each category will receive:

  •  an ACR Personal Locator Beacon Survival Kit, which includes an ACR ResQLink+ Personal Locator Beacon with GPS, C-Strobe H2O Rescue Light, Hot Shot Signal Mirror, Res-Q Whistle, and RapidDitch Drybag (Value: $300),
  •  one-year BoatUS Unlimited Towing Membership (Value: $149), and
  •  a BoatUS Prize Pack (Value: $25).

How To Enter

Photographers may submit up to TWO images per category. For all categories EXCEPT Art Photography and Cover Photo, photo submissions may not be manipulated, except for basic adjustments. Art Photography and Cover Photo submissions may be manipulated and/or contain multiple images within the final image. Photos submitted to any previous BoatUS photo contests (winners or not) are not eligible.

The following information must be included with each submission:

1. Photographer's full name (first and last)

2. Photographer's mailing address

3. Photographer's phone number

4. Photographer's email address

5. Judging category entered

6. Title of entry

7. Short description of the photo, including who is in it, where and approximately when it was taken, and any other details you'd like to include, such as your inspiration for the photo.

Entries may originate in any format but must be submitted digitally as an email attachment in a JPEG, PNG, or TIFF format. Photo entries in all categories EXCEPT Cover Photo must be a minimum of 5x7 inches at 300 dpi (print resolution). Cover Photo entries must be photographed or cropped in vertical orientation and be a minimum of 9x12 inches at 300 dpi.

Send one entry per email to Entry deadline is October 31, 2018. Winners will be notified no later than November 30, 2018.

For more information, including photographer rights, see Official Rules for details.

Some Previous Entries

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2017 Scenic Finalist, Divine Daybreak by Joe Guinter

2017 Scenic Finalist, Paradise Found by Brian Wadsworth



2017 Lifestyle Finalist, Lock Party by Alan Lloyd

2017 Scenic Finalist, Son of a Sailor by Beth Raucci



2017 Action Finalist, Cutting Edge by Alan Lloyd

2017 Action Winner | Burying The Rail by Tami Rae Flatgard



2017 Artistic Winner, Trio in Tune by Tami Rae Flatgard

2017 Artistic Finalist | Sailboat's World by Lee Yeomans

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