Photo Contest for seaferers

  • Published: 28/06/2016

The Norwegian Government Seamen's Service invites all seamen on Norwegian ships to participate in the annual Norwegian and Nordic Photo Contest.

1. prize Norwegian Photo Contest for Seafarers 2017
1. prize Norwegian Photo Contest for Seafarers 2017
PHOTO: Håkon Kjøllmoen, KV Svalbard

The winners of the Nordic and the Norwegian photo contests 2017 have been selected. You will find a gallery of the winning photos and list of prizes in the right menu.

You can find a short film from the Nordic final 2017 here.

All employees on Norwegian ships can enter up to 15 digital photographs.

Each image file must be minimum 2 MB, preferably in JPEG or jpg format.

Deadline for submission by email is 31th of December each year. The winners are selected in January the following year.

This year's contest

You can enter pictures to the contest through the hole year.

We welcome all kind of motifs related to maritime life at work or leisure, on board or in port: vessels - people, the sea, life in ports. Please submit your photos!

Contest rules

  • Nordic seafarers and all seafarers on Nordic ships can participate. Send pictures to the national organizer1 by the December 31st.
  • Maximum 10 entries per person.
  • High-resolution pictures, minimum file size 2 MB.
  • The photos shall describe the maritime environment – on board or on land, showing work or leisure.
  • All entries shall include the following information – title, where the picture was taken and also the photographer’s contact data, position on board and the last vessel he/she was working on.
  • The entries shall not be older than two years.
  • Pictures with watermarks, date stamps or name on the photo cannot compete.
  • Contestants may only participate with pictures, to which they own the copyrights. The copyright holder is the same as the person pushing the shutter release button.
  • The photographer takes full responsibility for that any recognizable person on the picture have approved to publishing the picture.
  • By participating, you agree that the national organizer handles your data according to GDPR2, for the sole purpose of informing you about the Nordic Photo Contest for Seafarers.
  • The national organizers reserve the right to publish the pictures free of charge, in original or edited edition, in their own publications and to supply copies to related media/magazines mentioning the photo contest.

Judging and selection

All photos submitted will be entered in the Norwgian contest. The pictures are judged anonymously by an expert jury. The best 15 contributions in the Norwegian contest will go through to the Nordic final. The five best pictures in each contest will be awarded special prizes.

Photo Diploma

All participants will receive the Norwegian Maritime Authority's attractive signed “Photography Diploma”.


We reserve the right to publish any photographs entered in the contest in the publications of Norwegian Maritime Authority (along with a name credit) and in promotion of the contest in any other maritime publications.


Please mark your entries with name, homeaddress, telephone number and e-mail, additional to the name of your ship and your working title.

How to improve your photography skills

Finding interesting motifs to photograph shouldn’t be a problem for seafarers who travel around the world. Here are some useful tips. 

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