Daily Archives: May 15, 2021

The NRG’s 2021 Photographic Ship Model Competition Announced

Just got the news that the Nautical Research Guild will be holding their Photographic Ship Model Competion again this year. I believe this is only the fourth time they’ve done this. It sort of makes up for the fact that there will again be no NRG conference this year.

Steve Wheeler’s award winning model of a whitehall canoe from the 2011 competition. Photo courtesy of the NRG.

All entries are judged and receive a review that can be very helpful for builders who want to know what they could improve on future builds. The cost is $30 per entry, and the deadline for entries is Monday, August 2nd, 2021, according to the NRG’s website, but the actual rules state that the deadline is August 1st.

I entered the contest one time in 2015, which was the last time it was held. In the Journeyman category, I got a bronze medal for my model of the War of 1812 privateer Lively. I also got a blue ribbon for my pilot schooner Mary Taylor.

Private Armed Schooner Lively, my bronze medal model.

My Blue Ribbon Mary Taylor, which I think is actually a better model than my Lively.

For those of us who like to enter such things, a photographic competition is a great way to go, since the model doesn’t have to be transported anywhere to be reviewed, it just needs to be photographed. There are very specific rules about the photos required and such, but it’s all explained in the rules. You can find the detail on the NRG’s website here.

I don’t know if I’ll submit any entries this year. The models I’ve been working on the most are the Japanese watercraft, which for me are really more about the research and the subject matter than any award winning artistry, or as in the case of my recently completed cog model, about exploring the new medium of paper and card. Then again, it’s been 6 years since the last competition, and I must have completed at least one interesting model that’s competition worthy.

Anyway, if this kind of thing is for you, then you should check it out, but you must be an NRG member in good standing. Check out all the previous competition winners at the bottom of the contests page here. Ω