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.

PHOTO: Bjarne Hovland

The winners of the Nordic and the Norwegian photo contests 2015 has been selected. You will find a gallery of the winning photos and list of prizes in the right menu and on Facebook.

You can find a short film from the Nordic final 2015 at youtube here.

All employees on Norwegian ships can enter up to 10 digital photographs.

Each image file must be minimum 1 MB, preferably in JPEG or jpg format.

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

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.

The Motif

The motif must be related to maritime life – work or leisure on board or in port. We appreciate if you give each image a title and also submit information about the motif, where the photo were taken, the ship you were on etc. No watermarks, signatures or dates may be added to images.

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.

Do not submit photographs taken by someone other than yourself. It is your responsibility to have copyright of the photographs and to make sure the person(s) in the photo has approved the publication. Photographs must have been taken within two years before date of entry, and must not have been previously published.

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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