PHOTOGRAPHERS inspired by this year’s Cowes Week have scooped prizes in the event’s official competition.
The competition has three categories — shoreside, racing and Under 18 — and is in its second year.
The winner of each category has been awarded with a £250 photography equipment voucher, while the racing and shoreside category winners will have the chance to shadow a professional photographer next year.
The racing category was won by Sophie Hunt, a keen 27-year-old sailor from Bembridge, for her picture of yachts in close quarters at the start line of a race.
She was on board the racing yacht MOANA and managed to snap the picture on her iPhone.
"Capturing my crew in the foreground gave it a strong sense of perspective and offers the viewer an insight into the intense racing conditions, especially on the start line," she said.
Simon Dear, 48, of Newport, won the shoreside category with a shot of two cyclists enjoying the racing.
He said: "It’s great to be able to win a competition from doing something you really enjoy and for me that’s taking pictures."
Under 18s winner Will Ball, 15, was selected for his shot taken at the top the 23 metre mast of his grandfather’s boat, Antilope with Cowes Yacht Haven as its backdrop.
"It was only the first time I had ever been up to the top of a mast and was something I had always wanted to do," said Will, who used a borrowed GoPro camera.
Double Olympic gold medallist, Shirley Robertson, was among the judges, along with representatives from Aberdeen Asset Management, Getty Images and Cowes Week Limited.
Shirley said: "Cowes Week never fails in giving sailors and spectators opportunities to capture really exciting photos."
James Loder, 27, of Windsor, won the event’s #Sailfie competion, inviting people to take post of themselves at the event on social media.
He won an event goody bag, including Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week merchandise, a bottle of Mount Gay Rum, a bottle of Laithwaite’s Champagne and men’s skincare products, courtesy of Liz Earle.
Will Ball's winning photo.
Simon Dear's winning photo.