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Marinalife 2023 Photography Contest

NEWS
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March 7, 2023
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By
Susan
Elnicki Wade

Marinalife is pleased to announce this year’s photography contest that showcases the joy of boating and good times on the water. 

We welcome snapshots that capture moments of maritime merriment — the freedom of getting back on the water after a long winter, a memorable boating experience with family and friends, a special seaside vacation, the thrill of water sports, an epic fishing trip where you reeled in a trophy catch, or the face of a pet who’s too cute for words.  Whatever floats your boat, we’d like to see it.

Contest Details

Floaty fun | Credit Vincent Gerbouin on Pixels

Who’s Eligible: Everybody is invited — from amateur shutterbugs to seasoned photographers — to send your favorite shots of what you love most about the cruising lifestyle and high seas adventures.

By Friday, July 21, 2023, submit your favorite photos. Limit of up to 3 photos per person that are high resolution (300 dpi, 2 mb or 600 kb). Please include a brief description of the photo’s location, the photographer’s credit, and your contact info, email and phone.

Winners: Our staff will select the first, second and third place winners and runners up whose photographs will appear on our website and in the fall 2023 issue of Marinalife.  Prizes will be announced soon.

For related questions, email submissions@marinalife.com

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