I’m very excited to announce that the Girl on the River Rowing Photography Competition has officially launched, with two super-prestigious judges presiding over the entries.

In my travels on social media I’ve seen hundreds of stunning images by and of rowers, taken both on and off the river. Light breaking over mist-shrouded water during dawn outings, wild and joyful victory celebrations, rows of colourful boats and blades lining sleek, ordered boat houses, rowers silhouetted against burnished skies, blades catching the water… there’s no end to the variety and beauty. I’m also aware from my own feeble efforts how much talent and effort go into creating the perfect image and want to celebrate the huge wealth of creativity and ability out there.

So here it is: the Girl on the River Rowing Photography Competition 2017. The theme is winter rowing: and how better to while away the winter months and distract yourself from the cold hands and frosty mornings than by capturing the loveliness that is out there even when it’s chilly and miserable. How you interpret winter rowing is entirely up to you. It could mean our old friend the rowing machine. It could be a frosty outing or a wintry Head race. It could be something much more imaginative than a pedestrian soul like me could ever dream up. Free your mind – just remember, it does have to relate to winter AND to rowing!

To make it fair, I’m dividing the entries into amateur and professional categories (you’ll need to check the Ts and Cs below for the definition of amateur if you’re in any doubt). And here’s where it gets exciting. I’m delighted to tell you that the judge of the professional category is the uber-talented Ben Rodford, who took the fabulous image on my landing page. And I’m beyond honoured to announce that the judge of the amateur category is none other than multiple Olympic champion and brilliant amateur photographer, Pete Reed OBE.

The prizes are equally cool. But to get to the prizes you’ll need to read the terms and conditions, which are pretty important, because if you don’t comply your entry won’t be counted. I’ve had to confine entries to those of you in the UK and ROI – so apologies to all of the fabulous togs in foreign climes – and there are other rules that I’ve had to put in place so everything is fair and it’s manageable for me, too. Please read them carefully before you submit an entry.

Other than that, happy snapping. I can’t wait to see your pics – they’ll go up in the gallery section of the blog just as soon as I can get them there.

Terms and conditions

A. Submission of entries

  1. This competition is open to residents of the UK and Republic of Ireland only, aged 16 or over. By entering the competition you agree to be bound by the rules of the competition.
  2. Entries must be received by 23.59 GMT on 24th February 2017. Neither Girl on the River nor the competition judges accept any responsibility for entries that are incomplete, illegible, corrupted or fail to reach Girl on the River by the closing date for any reason. Proof of sending is not proof of receipt.
  3. Each entrant may submit only one photograph.
  4. You may enter either the professional or the amateur section of the competition but not both.
  5. You should submit your photograph by emailing it to [email protected], putting “GOTR photography competition” as the subject header. You should state in the body of the email: (a) your full name; (b) whether you are entering the amateur or professional category; and (c) any social media handles you wish to be mentioned.
  6. To be eligible to enter the amateur section of the competition you must not be a professional photographer (i.e. must not have been paid for any photography work nor had any photography work published in return for a fee in the last 12 months).

B. Photographs

  1. The theme of the competition is winter rowing.
  2. Photographs should be in colour, with minimal digital manipulation. They should not have any text overlaid on them or be framed.
  3. Files must be no larger than 3 MB. Ideally the resolution of each photograph submitted should be 300dpi.
  4. Images that do not comply with these conditions will not be put forward for consideration by the judges.

C. Image copyright

  1. The image you enter must be your own, original work. You must be the sole owner of the entire copyright in the image you enter. It is your responsibility to ensure that you comply with this requirement. You undertake to indemnify Girl on the River and/or Row360 magazine against any claim against them relating to the image submitted.
  2. If you submit a photograph of an individual or group in a private setting, you must have obtained that person or persons’ prior consent to use the photograph for this competition.
  3. By entering the competition, you grant a non-exclusive licence to Girl on the River to reproduce the image on the Girl on the River blog and on her social media channels. You also grant a non-exclusive licence to Row360 magazine to reproduce the image in the magazine. You will retain copyright in the image.
  4. All photographs reproduced by Girl on the River and/or Row360 will be credited to the photographer.

D. Judging

  1. The winner of each category will be the photograph that, in the opinion of the judge of the category, is the best in terms of composition and quality and best conveys the essence of winter rowing.
  2. The judge’s decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. If the winner cannot be contacted, Girl on the River will award the prize to another entrant of the judge’s choice.
  3. First prize for the amateur section of the competition is:

4. First prize for the professional section of the competition is:

5. Each category will have one runner up who will receive a £25 Amazon gift voucher.

6. The prizes are non-transferable and no alternative, cash or otherwise, will be offered.

7. The winner will be contacted by email on 17th March 2017 and announced the same day.

Huge thanks to Ben Rodford, Pete Reed and all the generous prize donors – it wouldn’t be happening without you.