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Waterways photography competition

Cameras at the ready

Our 2023 Photography Competition is now closed, but you can view the results here. We hope to launch a 2024 competition soon.

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

People of the Waterways

Photographs of the people who use and love our waterways – from boaters and anglers to paddleboarders, cyclists and walkers.  


Urban Wildlife

The natural world meets urban environment – we want to see the vibrant assortment of insects, mammals and birds that inhabit our towns and cities.  


Protect Our Waterways

Inspired by the #ProtectOurWaterways campaign, this category aims to highlight the threats facing our waterways such as climate change, plastic pollution and invasive species.  


Working Waterways

This category is all about the individuals and organisations who work on our waterways, from freight carrying vessels to paddlesports instructors and everything in between!  

How to enter the 2024 photography competition (when entries open)

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

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

A maximum of 30 photographs can be entered per person.

IWA’s photography competition terms and conditions

Competition entry

Thank you for donating images for us to use.

The competition is open to all photographers, both amateur and professional, and are aged 18 or over.

The dates for submissions for the 2024 competition have yet to be announced.

By entering images to IWA’s photography competition, you are confirming that you:

  • are the sole author of each entry and that it is your original work
  • own the copyright and any other intellectual property rights of each image
  • have the permission of anyone pictured in the image (or, where the image shows any persons under 18, the consent of their parent/guardian)
What to enter
  • Photos need to be a high resolution, and at least 2100 pixels x 1500 pixels/1MB.
  • A maximum of 30 can be entered per person.
  • We accept photographs in both landscape or portrait orientation
  • Photos should feature navigable waterways (or canals that are under restoration or derelict). Photographs of canals and rivers listed in our Waterways Directory will meet this requirement. Photographs relating to the boating community in general are also acceptable. Images that do not meet these requirements will be disqualified
  • Photos should only feature waterways that are located in the UK
  • Photos with visible faces of children or people under the age of 18 as subjects are not to be entered, unless you have the written consent of the legal parent or guardian. You must fill in IWA’s form for consent; please email [email protected]
  • Any significant digital enhancements made to each photo must be disclosed. Failure to let us know may result in disqualification.
Usage rights

By entering, you give IWA permission to use your imagery across our marketing platforms (both in print and online) in promoting our campaigns and allow the use of your name when crediting you as the owner and/or the winner of the competition.  

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

Copyright will always remain with the photographer. IWA will make every reasonable effort to ensure that name credits are given to any photograph published in any medium.