Nautical Research Guild Photographic Ship Model Competition
In the past, entering a ship model competition required the shipping and storage of the physical model so that it could be judged in person. This was both risky and expensive, which meant that some great models were never entered. It was also the major reason why museums backed out of hosting such an event. But in today's world good digital cameras are inexpensive and most modelers, or their grandchildren, have one. Now it is possible to open up such an event to a much wider spectrum of our community.
The Guild is happy to host and sponsor, every two years, a juried Photographic Ship Model Competition. But despite its name this event is not primarily a competition. In keeping with the aims and goals of the Guild, the purpose of this event is to encourage modelers of all levels to advance and refine their work, as much as it is to recognize excellence in the art of building scale ship models.
So dust off your digital camera, tie the last few knots, shoo the cat out of the room, and take some pictures of your pride and joy ... Ribbons, Cash and Fame await ...!
To that end, every model entered will be reviewed by a panel of knowledgeable judges and their evaluations, scores and comments will be returned to each entrant. Red, White and Blue ribbons of achievement will be awarded to all models which receive a qualifying score. To level the playing field there will be separate Divisions for Apprentice, Journeyman and Master model builders. In addition, the top models in each of these Divisions will also receive medals and cash prizes. A selection of the best photographs of the best models will be published in the Journal for all to enjoy.
But it is not a competition to determine which is the best photograph. The quality of the photographs will not enter into the evaluations and no digital retouching or adjusting of the images is permitted. The judges may even request additional images if the model warrants close examination but the images submitted are not sufficient.
If you are uncertain about your photographic skills there will soon be a page on this website from our experts with suggestions for Better Photographs of Your Ship Model. If you are uncertain about your computer skills and worry about getting your images to us, our administrative staff will answer any question that you may have, and will do their best to make your participation easy and rewarding.