The 2015 UIM Photographic competition winners have been announced.
The eighteenth year of the competition, comprised of the following categories; Circuit, Offshore, Aquabike, Atmosphere, Retouched and Open.
In a statement published with the results, Judging Panel Chairman James Wright commented,
With a total of 229 entries, the 2015 UIM Photographic competition was arguably the strongest to date, making the task of the judging panel both arduous and enjoyable.
With a great variety of entries showing the excitement and drama from all levels of powerboat racing it is obvious that there are a large number of photographers following our sport who really enjoy capturing the highs and the lows, the preparation and planning and the people so passionate in making the races happen – drivers, mechanics, organisers and officials and the crowds.
The introduction of the new ‘Open’ category encouraged strong submissions from Australia, South Africa and USA while in the remaining categories, the submissions of the regular contributors were enhanced with some high quality submissions from new entrants.
More than one category contained a number of images worthy of winning for various reasons, some were more technically proficient and others had better subject matter or overall impact, and only by having specific judging criteria were the judges able to make considered decisions, so thanks must go to the UIM in setting these criteria.
Such was the quality of entries that every individual photographer should be congratulated for their efforts and as Chairman of the judging panel, I hope that the competitors had as much enjoyment in creating and selecting their images as we did in judging them.
My favourite snap gained a third place in the Atmosphere category (above).
Peter ‘Pepe’ Moorkens from Belgium captured the night racing from last year’s 24 heures motonautiques de Rouen.
Peter is on his way to France now to shoot this year’s race and we look forward to posting his latest work on Powerboat Racing World this weekend.
You can see all the winning shots <here>.
John raced Offshore UIM Class 3 in the 1980’s & 1990’s.
He served as the Cowes Torquay Cowes Event Director for 4 years, including running the 50 th Anniversary Event in 2010.
He has recently organised 4 British Offshore races under UKOPRA sanction.
He is the Editor of Powerboat Racing World.