Havant photographer wins national Royal Yachting Association ilovesailing calendar competition

AN IMAGE captured by a Havant photographer was crowned a winner in the Royal Yachting Association’s ilovesailing competition, securing a place in its 2021 calendar.

Friday, 3rd July 2020, 12:12 pm
Updated Friday, 3rd July 2020, 4:25 pm
Stewart Johnson from Havant has been crowned this month's winner in the prestigious RYA National 2020 ilovesailing calendar competition with his image 'Safety in numbers'

Chosen out of 40 photos submitted in June, Stewart Johnson’s image ‘Safety in Numbers’ was captured at Langstone Sailing Club in Langstone Harbour last year.

It shows five boats grouped close together during a junior session, with ominous weather in the background.

Stewart, who runs the junior section at Langstone Sailing Club, said: ‘Obviously I am delighted to have won a place in the 2021 calendar. I have always had a camera close to hand since being a teenager, but sailing is tough - running a junior session and taking photos of it rarely works without affecting one or the other.

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‘I had left my SLR at home so this is a mobile phone shot taken from the RIB, which goes to show you don't need super equipment to get a good result - although a bit of cropping and tweaking on the computer afterwards always helps.’

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The ilovesailing calendar competition, now in its eighth year, gives amateur and professional photographers a chance to showcase their favourite sailing photos.

Stewart also won a host of other prizes including two tickets to the Southampton International Boat Show for the official prize giving, afternoon tea at the Holiday Inn for four, a canvas print of his winning entry, a copy of the final printed calendar, a selection of Royal Yachting Association goodies and this years gold ilovesailing rubber duck.

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