In partnership with Classic Boat magazine, National Historic Ships UK is running its annual Photography Competition for the twelfth year.  After the challenges of 2020, we are looking for photographs which celebrate the theme of Back to the Water

How you interpret this theme is entirely up to you.  You may capture one of the historic vessels on our Registers operating again or a museum ship re-opened to the public post-Covid, someone hard at work on their vessel, people enjoying the freedom of the great outdoors or having a fun day messing about on boats – you choose!  We'd love to see a wide range of vessel types, whether big or small, at sea, ashore, in harbours, on canals, lakes and rivers or as part of a museum collection. 


We are delighted to once again be partnering with Classic Boat to offer the Classic Boat Award with the winner taking home a specially commissioned trophy and a 2-year subscription to the magazine.

Our People’s Choice Award will be running on Instagram, where you'll have a chance to vote for your Photo of the Month throughout May, June, July and August.  These four monthly winners will then go through to the Grand Final in September, when the public will vote to decide their favourite photograph of the year. 

For 2021, we are introducing an additional category: Newcomer of the Year.  This will be awarded for the best image taken by a photographer (of any age) who has not entered our Photo Competition before. 

Finally, the judges' favourite of all entries to the competition will be awarded National Historic Ships UK's Photographer of the Year 2021.  We're pleased to welcome last year's overall winner, Daniel Jones, to this year's panel of judges.


Our judges will be looking for creativity, composition and best fit for the theme or category.  The winning images, alongside some of the judges' other favourites, will be featured in our Annual Review and 2022 Calendar.  Images can be captured by camera, mobile device or drone.

The winners of the National Historic Ships UK Photo Competition 2021 will be announced at our Virtual Awards Ceremony in November.  


The information you give us when you submit an image is kept on our electronic records system and is only accessible to authorised staff.  This personal data is held alongside the relevant images for copyright and acknowledgment purposes.  If you have a question about the way we handle your personal information please contact