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Waterways photography competition

Cameras at the ready

Our 2021 waterways photography competition is now open to entries.

Photography helps to bring our campaigns to life. It also makes sure that as much of our income as possible is used to protect and restore our waterways. By entering our photography competition, you can expect to see your imagery used across our campaign and communication materials.  

Photography competition category winners will receive £25 to spend in our online shop, plus IWA goodies. The overall winner will also receive a print of their photo.

Photography competition categories

Heritage & restoration

From old waterways signage and rope grooves caused by horse drawn boats to the 500 miles of waterways that could be usefully restored.


Enchanting views of navigable waterways throughout the seasons.

Built environment

From old warehouses to new developments; let’s get a picture of the creative, refreshing spaces our urban waterside environment is.

Life & Laughter

The vibrancy of our inland waterways – from a family enjoying a boat trip, a couple walking the towpath hand in hand, the boater mooring up for the evening, to the wildlife that lives there.

How to enter the photography competition

Photos need to be a high resolution, and at least 2100 pixels x 1500 pixels. 

To enter the photography competition, please send your photos by email, dropbox link or wetransfer or other preferred file sharing service to – please let us know the location, waterway along with the chosen category for your photo entries.

A maximum of 20 photographs can be entered per person.

IWA’s photography competition sharing terms and conditions

The Inland Waterways Association (IWA) thanks you for donating images for us to use on, but not limited solely to, this website. Please take a moment to read the notes below.

Your Agreement

In uploading images to IWA’s website or Flickr groups or entering our photography competitions, you are agreeing to IWA and its subsidiary companies making free use of such images in whole or in part as required.  The Association will not give other parties permission for use of such images without your agreement apart from for editorial use accompanying the Association’s press releases.

If you wish to impose any restriction on IWA’s use of images you would like to contribute, please contact

You must ensure that all material uploaded must your own work, i.e. digital photos or scanned images. 

It is best practice to gain verbal consent from an activity participant and, if under 18, their parent or carer before taking any photos of them. When submitting a photograph featuring a child, please provide written consent from a parent of that child.

You must not use images from other websites or scan other people’s material. This may be a criminal offence and IWA takes no responsibility for the upload of copyright protected material. Any images that are found to have breached copyright or are deemed unsuitable for the site for any reason may be removed from the site or Flickr gallery and the Association reserves the right to comply with requests from copyright holders to provide contact details of any user who uploads material that IWA has reason to believe is otherwise copyright.