In the summer of 2014 to help celebrate 50 years in outboard production, Suzuki Marine launched a global search for the photograph that best captured what it called “the Suzuki Marine Way of Life”. Ten months on, the winners from a vast pool of entries encompassing 21 countries around the world have now been picked...

In the runners up positions, with awards for excellence are ‘Suzuki Sunset’ from Sweden (an aft-facing transom shot featuring a DF70 at high revs):

'Suzuki Sunset' – Suzuki photo competition

'Suzuki Sunset' from Sweden.


‘Doing it the Mozambican way’ from South Africa (a drinks party with a pair of DF90s on a beached power cat):

"Doing it the Mozambican way"  – Suzuki photo competition

"Doing it the Mozambican way" from South Africa.


...and ‘Feel so nice with Suzuki outboard’ of Japan (featuring a day fisher against the vast backdrop of a snow-capped mountain).

"Feel so nice with Suzuki outboard" – Suzuki photo competition

"Feel so nice with Suzuki outboard" from Japan.


All three photographers will be rewarded with a pair of high-end ‘Edo Kiriko’ traditional Japanese glasses and a jigsaw puzzle made from their photos.

However, the overall winner (and one which pretty much nails what it is that attracts us all to powerboating) is named ‘One ride to paradise’ from New Caledonia – an image of a twin-engined Zodiac RIB with a pair of DF200s, beached on a tiny, private islet in the middle of tropical seas. The winning image will now be used in Suzuki’s promotional material throughout 2015.

"One ride to paradise" – Suzuki photo competition winner

"One ride to paradise" from New Caledonia.


Masahiro Yamamoto, General Manager of the Suzuki Marine European Liaison Office, was delighted with the results: “The competition, which ran from June 2014 until November 2014, proved very popular and we’re pleased so many boaters wanted to share their boating experiences. 2015 is an important year for all at Suzuki and we’re pleased to be able to celebrate with boaters all around the world.”

However, the celebrations don’t end with the photo competition. In this, its 50th year, Suzuki is issuing an anniversary book to re-examine the key developments and innovations that have defined its history – and it’s also planning several regional events, competitions and giveaways throughout the UK in 2015. To find out more, visit

Written by: Alex Smith
Alex Smith is a journalist, copywriter and magazine editor with a long history in boating and a happy addiction to the water. He’s worked on boats, lived on boats, bought boats, sold boats and – when he’s not actually on board a boat – he can generally be found in his Folkestone office, tapping away at the computer and gazing out to sea.