Amateur photographers, Sophie Hunt, Simon Dear and Will Ball have been selected as winners of this year's Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week Photography Competition. The challenge for all entrants was to capture the ‘spirit of the regatta’.

Cowes Week photo competition: shoreside winner

Winner of the Cowees Week photo competition 'Shoreside category' - taken by Simon Dear

The competition, now in its second year, was created as an incentive for aspiring snappers amongst those attending Aberdeen Asset Management Cowes Week to upload and share their photos on the event website, entering them into three different categories; Shore-side, Racing and Under 18.

Cowes Week photo competition: under 18 prize

Will Ball, winner of the under-18 prize takes a selfie up the mast of 'Antilope' Grand Soliel GBR 43N.

The winner of each category has been awarded with a £250 photography equipment voucher, and the winner of the ‘racing’ and ‘shore-side’ categories will be given the opportunity to shadow a professional photographer at next year’s regatta that takes place between the 8th and 15th August, 2015.

Cowes Week photo competition: best racing photo

Sophie Hunt took the prize for the best Cowes Week racing photo.

And for what it's worth, here's one we reckon the judges overlooked...

Cowes Week photo competition: two yachts crossing

'I wanted to take a shot of two sailing boats crossing over. I loved the position of the sails and shape it created at the point of contact.'
Submitted by: Yasmin

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