Just wanted to let you all know that the UIM photo contest is still accepting entries until Dec 31. Photos chosen will be included in the 2005 UIM yearbook.

Races that were sanctioned by the UIM will qualify, and I believe this includes all APBA Offshore races too.

So if you've got a great shot and want to enter, here's the scoop!

From The Union Internationale Motonautique (U.I.M.)

The UIM photo competition covering the 2004 season received more than 100 entries across the disciplines of Circuit (Formula One, SST-120 WC, SST-45 WC, certain US inboard and outboard hydro races), Offshore (Including APBA offshore), Aquabike, Jetsprint, Endurance Offshore and Atmosphere. Photographs were judged in four categories of Creativity, Technical Quality, Composition and Subject Matter with combined totals giving a total score for each picture. Rules stipulate that competition photographs have to be taken at UIM International events.

We thank all those who participated in last year’s competition and are pleased to announce the eigth consecutive year of the UIM Photo Competition.

We have maintained the same five competition categories which will be awarded with Gold, Silver and Bronze placings:

• Circuit Racing
• Aquabike Class Pro
• Jet Sprint discipline
• Offshore Racing
• Endurance discipline
• Racing Atmosphere Compositions

Milan Teodorovic - chief photographer at Top Speed Magazine and TV producer – has again accepted to be chairman of the jury. He will be assisted by 3 jury members The judging will take place at the UIM headquarters mid-January 2006 so that we can publish the winners in the UIM yearbook which is scheduled for February 2006.

The deadline date for receipt of competitors’ photos at the UIM Email address, [email protected], is December 31, 2005. The email should include the entry form and the photos with the requested information.

The three first placings in each category will be awarded with the UIM Diploma and winning pictures will be published in the UIM yearbook on the UIM website.

As in the past, photographers will retain copyright to their photographs. Any UIM National Authority, or other, wishing to publish the photographs entered, will be referred directly to the relevant photographer.

UIM will retain the prints of all entered photographs and will be entitled to exploit them solely in UIM publications and media.

For entry forms, procedures and rules, please visit the UIM website, http://www.uimpowerboating.com .