“Following an extensive tally of votes for the 2023 Sailing Holiday photo, we are excited to announce the conferment of not one but two prizes for our outstanding entries!”
The inaugural PlainSailing.com ‘Sailing Holiday Photo of the Year’ competition embarked on an unconventional journey. With an incredibly narrow margin differentiating two photos after a fortnight of public voting, the judges determined that the most equitable resolution would be to share the top prize between the two winning entries. In the aftermath of thousands of online votes spanning the globe, the difference between the two leading photographs was only less than 10 votes!
Instead of a singular top prize of €1,250 towards a 2024 yacht or catamaran charter, a top-tier award of €750 was granted to a breathtaking shot of a yacht navigating the open sea against the backdrop of a breathtaking orange sunset. This captivating photograph was captured by a member of the West Lancashire Scout Group (in the UK) during their five-boat expedition from Trogir, Croatia, in October.
The second-place award of €500 was bestowed upon another striking drone shot captured in Croatia. This mesmerizing overhead view featured a raft of ten yachts, magnificently positioned against the vibrant blue seas and lush greenery of the nearby land. The photograph was skillfully taken by professional Skipper David Vojak, who sailed with clients from Biograd, Croatia, in collaboration with PlainSailing.com.
Congratulations to both the winners, and to anyone can submitted a photo for the 2023 competition. You can see the final shortlist at https://plainsailing.com/photo-competition-2023.
Tommy Tognarelli, co-founder of PlainSailing.com, said “Although it’s not quite what we planned, we’re thrilled to have not one, but two winners for our Sailing Holiday Photo of the Year 2023 competition. It was very close between the top two photographs, so I agree with the panel that it was fairest to share the prize – both photos are simply fantastic!
“We’ve had so many positive comments, votes and excitement about this competition, that we’ll surely be returning for more in 2024 – and the best way to people to secure themselves an entry spot is to get a sailing holiday booked with PlainSailing.com as soon as they can!”
PlainSailing.com is an award-winning yacht charter agency, specialising in the charter of yachts and catamarans from bases in Croatia, Greece, Italy, Turkey, the Mediterranean, the UK, and the Caribbean. Their website is at the cutting edge of online yacht charter, offering the most comprehensive online search functionality, live pricing and availability of yachts or catamarans, and unparalleled customer service (including a UK Freephone number and live-chat functionality). They make it all PlainSailing.com.
Their team were nominated for a prestigious British Travel Award in 2021 and 2022 and have won Luxury Travel and Hospitality awards for outstanding customer service consistently over the last few years. In 2023, they were named ‘Best Travel Company – Sailing Holidays’ in the UK Business Awards, ‘‘Yacht Charter Company of the Year’ at the Global Innovation Awards, ‘Best Yacht Charter Brokers – Europe’ and ‘Best Yacht & Catamaran Charter Experts’ in the LuxLife Travel Awards 2022 – and they won extensive awards in 2022, 2021, 2020, 2019 and 2018. They score a super-impressive 5/5 on Feefo, based on verified responses to the independent feedback specialists.