Summer Photo Contest Results

The winning photo impressed judges with its lighting, composition, and angle.

When the judges finished combing through the nearly 1,000 submissions to Sailing World’s inaugural photo contest, the winner was clear. “Epic,” which SW community member Charles Scott shot during Thursday-night races on Michigan’s Lake St. Clair, displayed an impressive combination of dramatic lighting, thoughtful composition, and a unique angle.

For winning, Scott will receive a pair of 7×30 Navigator Pro binoculars by Steiner Binoculars. Thanks to everyone who submitted photos. The judges were editor Dave Reed, senior editor Stuart Streuli, associate editor Michael Lovett, and associate art director Dave Norton.

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First Place

Contributor: Charles Scott
Title: “Epic
Charles Scott’s Description: “Thursday night races, Lk. St. Clair, Michigan.”
Judge’s Comments:

“I like this one because of the angle, the subject, and the lighting. Kinda different.”-Dave Reed


“This photo has dramatic lighting and a unique angle. Plus, you get a sense of motion, like the boat is turning into a tack. (It may not be, but it looks like it to me.)”-Michael Lovett

“I thought this photo had nice lighting and good composition.”-Dave Norton

Second Place


Contributor: Leighton O’Connor
Judge’s Comments:

“I like this one because it instantly says summer; sailing into twilight, nice tones and composition.” -Dave Reed

Third Place


Contributor: steve96140
steve96140’s Description: “The Finale – 2009 ROLEX Big Boat Series – St. Francis Yacht Club, San Francisco Bay”
Judge’s Comments:

“The extreme angle of heel seen in this photo lends it a dramatic feel. Plus, I award bonus points for fluorescent sheets and Hawaiian shirts.” -Michael Lovett

Honorable Mention

Contributor: DarrenGerlach
Title: “Lake Weekend Cat Sailing”
DarrenGerlach’s Description: “Sailing Smith Mountain Lake Virginia.V.I.S.A Yacht Club”

  • To view all entries to the contest, click here.
  • For contest details, click here.