Boating Writers International

Boat Writing Contest Adds Photography and Videos

Awards Purse of $17,000 Reflects 17 Categories

Boating Writers International (BWI) has added boating photography and videos for its 22nd Annual Writing Contest, which recognizes excellence in boating, fishing and travel journalism in a total of 17 categories.

The contest, with an entry deadline of Dec. 31, 2014, will award $500 for first place, $300 for second place and $200 for third place for each of the categories. Photography is a stand-alone category, while videos may be entered into the updated Online Expressions category.

Last year's contest attracted 131 participants submitting 337 entries. Entries are judged by BWI member journalists, and the awards will be presented during the BWI Annual Meeting at the Miami International Boat Show, Feb. 13, 2015.

BWI members in good standing receive two free submissions to the contest; non-members may enter the contest at $50 for each submission.

Contest details, category definitions and entry information are available in a digital brochure. Results of previous years' contests, as well as links to winning submissions, can be found at under the “Contest” tab.

The complete 2014 list of categories and sponsors includes:

  1. Boating Columns, KVH Industries, Inc
  2. Boating Lifestyles, Discover Boating
  3. Boating Profiles, ZF Marine
  4. Boating Travel or Destinations, Martin Flory Group
  5. Boating Adventure, Yamaha Marine Group
  6. Boat/Engine Care & Maintenance, Interlux Yacht Finishes
  7. Boating Photography*, Freedom Boat Club
  8. Ethics & Environment, sponsorship open
  9. Fishing, Suzuki Motor Corporation
  10. Boating Issues, News & Analysis, Mercury Marine
  11. The Business of Boating, Home Port Marine Marketing
  12. Seamanship, Rescue & Safety, Sea Tow Services International
  13. Technical Writing, Dometic Marine
  14. Boat Tests & Reviews, Volvo Penta
  15. Gear, Electronics & Product Tests, Xantrex/Schneider Electric
  16. Boat Projects, Renovations & Retrofits, Awlgrip North America
  17. Online Expressions (including videos*), Boat Owners Association of the United States
*newly added

Firms or groups interested in sponsoring the “Ethics” category can obtain details by emailing


About Boating Writers International: BWI is a non-profit professional organization consisting of writers, broadcasters, editors, photographers, publishers, public relations specialists and others in the communications profession associated with the boating industry. Those seeking the service of active marine journalists can find a listing of members at



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