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Photographic Competition

the late Peter Meech

A competition for amateur photographers in memory of Peter Meech, a stalwart of the "Trad", is now an established part of this event.


A top photographer in the 1960s, Peter photographed celebrities including The Beatles and had a thriving photographic and design studio.


Peter Meech owned a variety of river craft and was a director and marketing manager of the event. At one time he also acted as part time skipper of the SS Alaska.

the Peter Meech Trophy

There are three categories in the competition:


  • The atmosphere of the rally

  • Best boating picture

  • For photographers under 16.

The competition is open to Festival visitors and participants alike. You will have the chance to see your pictures on display on our website and in an exhibition at next year’s Festival. Winners and runners-up may also have their photos published in next year’s Festival programme and publicity.

Each category winner will receive £100 in Photobox vouchers, enough to produce two or more photobooks or a number of mounted prints.

The overall winner, that "most perfectly captures the spirit of the Festival", will receive the Peter Meech Trophy.


Entry details

Entrants may submit a maximum of 2 photographs, in JPEG format, in either colour or black and white.

Entries should be emailed to: and should include your full name, address and contact numbers.

The closing date for entries is 31 July 2016.

The maximum size of each picture file is 10megabytes (MB).

By entering, you are deemed to accept the rules of the competition. see below


Rules of the competition


1  Copyright remains with the entrant, but the entrant grants permission for the Thames Traditional Boat Festival and TTBRLtd to use the photographs entered in publicity, news releases and for display both at future events and on the Festival website. Such photographs may also be reproduced in relevant magazines and other media in articles about The Festival, without payment.

2  The panel of judges selected by  The Festival Board  at its discretion will select as winners those entries showing in their opinion the best pictorial qualities and which best fit the theme of the category.

3  The overall winner will receive The Peter Meech Trophy. This will be held for one year and returned to the Festival upon request. 

4  Each category winner will receive a certificate and £100 of vouchers redeemable for any Photobox Ltd products.

5 The decision of the judges is final.

6  All entries must be the original work of the entrant and must not infringe the rights of any other party. Entrants must be the sole owner of the copyright in the pictures.

7  Entrants must have amateur photographic status, with no more than 20% of their income derived from the sale of photographs.

8  All photographs entered must have been taken at the 2016 Traditional Boat Festival; must be in JPEG format not exceeding 10MB.

9  The closing date for entries is 31st July 2016.

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