2017 AIMA Photo Competition
Sponsored by AIMA, Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) and Flinders University

Time to show off your photography skills—underwater or otherwise. The Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology (AIMA) invites you to participate in its Photo Competition, this year titled ‘Shared Histories’. The competition is being held in conjunction with the 2017 AIMA Conference ‘Claimed by the Sea’ (22–23 September 2017), and is sponsored by AIMA, the State Heritage Unit of the Department of Environment, Water and Natural Resources (DEWNR) and Flinders University.

Winning entries will be displayed at the conference venue at Flinders University (Bedford Park campus), together with the winning photographs from DEWNR’s 2017 SeaPixel photography competition. They also will be posted to the AIMA and Flinders University websites and social media pages.

Results of the competition will be announced at the reception to celebrate 15 years of Maritime Archaeology at Flinders University during the 2017 AIMA Conference (check the conference program for time and location).


  1.  Underwater Shipwrecks—photographs of submerged shipwrecks or aircraft;
  2.  Shipwrecks on the Foreshore—photographs of shipwrecks above water in the intertidal zone;
  3.  Maritime Archaeology—images of archaeological remains of human interaction with the sea, lakes and rivers;
  4.  Maritime Heritage—photographs of historic jetties, wharves, lighthouses, obelisks, over-water bridges, former whaling stations and other maritime heritage sites or infrastructure;
  5.  Marine Life—images of marine fauna and flora that inhabit submerged shipwrecks, aircrafts or other maritime structures; and
  6.  Flinders Maritime Archaeology Photography Scale—images featuring the famous Flinders Maritime Archaeology photography scale.

Selection of Winners
AIMA members, conference delegates and Flinders University Maritime Archaeology Program (FUMAP) students and alumni will vote for the best photograph entry in each of the six categories via an online environment. A select panel then will choose one of these category winners as the overall winner of the Pat Baker Photography Award.

AIMA established the Pat Baker Photography Award in 2014 to honour long-time AIMA member and Western Australian Museum photographer Patrick Baker, who has spent his distinguished career capturing inspiring images of maritime heritage in Australia and across the globe. Now it’s your turn! Enter your best images showcasing maritime cultural heritage from anywhere in the world.

Category winners each will receive a $50 voucher, AIMA membership for one year, a complete digital collection of the AIMA Bulletin and Special Publication series, and a large print of their winning photograph. The Pat Baker Award winner will receive in addition their choice of one of the three AIMA 2017 post-conference tours (see http://www.aima-underwater.org.au/a17activities/).

All entries must be submitted online using the AIMA Photo Competition Entry Form. Every image submitted must have the following file name format: First name and surname of photographer_image number (for multiple images that are of the same site)_site name_State or Territory (in which the site is located)_date photo taken (DDMMYYYY). For example:  Jane Smith_1_SS Nord_TAS_18102013.jpg

The submission deadline is 24:00 ACST (UTC+09:30) on 3 September 2017.
***Please note the deadline has been extended****

Code of Ethics and Terms and Conditions
All entries must conform to the intent and purposes of the Australasian Institute for Maritime Archaeology Code of Ethics (http://www.aima-underwater.org.au/code-of-ethics/) and Photography Competition Terms and Conditions. By submitting the entry form, the participant acknowledges and agrees to adhere to both statements of the Institute.