Rules & Guidelines 2017

How to enter:

The competition opens 01 April 2017 and all entries must be received by the closing deadline of midnight 31 August 2017.  To enter a photograph in any of the competition categories, you will need to complete an online entry form and upload your images or films to the National Historic Ships UK’ competition web-page.  Entrants can submit up to two photographs per category.  By entering a photo or film in the National Historic Ships UK’ Photography Competition, you are confirming that it:

  • was taken and processed by you
  • is your original work
  • does not infringe the copyright or any other rights of any third party
  • does not contain any obscene or defamatory content or material

Employees (or their immediate families) of National Historic Ships UK, the official competition sponsors and any of those involved in the organisation of this competition are restricted from entering the competition.

Photographs taken by professionals or those which have been digitally enhanced are allowed.  However, the judging panel may ask about your processing method if your photo is shortlisted for a prize.  Photos that have been widely published already or have won a prize in a major competition are not eligible.  Photos taken more than two years before the competition date are also not eligible. 

Film Category Criteria:

This year we have created a new film category to showcase maritime heritage in motion! All films submitted in this category must feature a historic vessel on the National Register of Historic Vessels OR Maritime skills in action. Only films between 1-5minutes long will be considered for shortlisting. 

Judges will consider how the film:

  • Captures the spirit of tradition and or/conservation of the UK’s maritime heritage
  • Uses a wide range of sources to tell a story including oral, fabric and written
  • Is historically accurate
  • Tells a coherent story
  • Creatively showcases the subject matter

Submissions in SD (standard definition) and HD (high definition) will both be accepted. Judges will be looking for fulfilment of the above criteria points rather than sharpness of images or quality of sound. 

If you are short-listed, you will be asked to supply a still image either taken directly from the video itself or a camera still image shot during the filming. Camera stills are the preferred option if possible. The higher the resolution the better.

Copyright Information:

For each photograph or film that you enter in the Competition, you are granting National Historic Ships UK a non-exclusive, worldwide, royalty-free license to use, and publicly display your photograph or film solely in connection with the Competition or linked promotional material and without any further notice or remuneration to you.  Your entry form asks you to provide your name in the format you wish to be used in any acknowledgments.

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