Classic and Wooden Boat Festival

Boats on display at the last CWBF.

Showcasing vessels from around Sydney and Australia and celebrating Maritime Heritage. Photo: (c) Australian National Maritime Museum

  • About


    15 - 17 April 2016

    We're very proud to be hosting the re-invigorated Classic and Wooden Boat Festival, showcasing vessels from around Sydney and Australia and celebrating Maritime Heritage.

    Next April school holidays, you'll see the museum precinct and surrounding areas bursting with an array of festive colour.

    With workshops, demonstrations, kids’ activities and a symposium, the festival will boast an intriguing program for knowledge seekers, boating enthusiasts and families.

    We're working with key community stakeholders to produce a festival worth remembering so save the date!

    And keep an eye out for newly posted updates about the Classic and Wooden Boat Festival on our Facebook and Twitter pages.

    Display your boat at the festival

    Do you own a classic or wooden boat? Submit an expression of interest form to display your vessel at this year’s festival.

    Applications are due by Monday 1 February 2016. Successful applicants will be sent an invitation by mid December 2015.

    Display your boat

    Become a festival trader

    We’re looking for stalls and vendors to trade at this year’s festival. Submit an expression of interest form to register your interest.

    Applications are due by Monday 1 February 2016. Successful applicants will be sent an invitation by mid December 2015.

    Become a festival trader

    Have any questions? Email us at cwbf@anmm.gov.au

    The festival will be held biannually from 2016.

    Classic and Wooden Boat Festival logo

  • Instagram Competition

    Instagram Competition

    Win cash prizes in our Instagram photography competition!

    We’re excited to announce a photography competition in association with the 2016 Classic & Wooden Boat Festival. Readers are invited to submit photographs via Instagram to win cash prizes worth $4600.


    The overall winner will receive $2000. In addition, three prizes will be awarded in each of two age brackets:
    16 years and over    
    First prize: $1000
    Second prize: $500
    Third prize: $250

    13–16 years (as at the final day of the competition, which is 18 April 2016)    
    First prize: $500
    Second prize: $250
    Third prize: $100
    Each winner will also receive an engraved trophy crafted from a timber spar salvaged from the HMB Endeavour replica.


    Photographs should depict any of the following subjects, in either saltwater and freshwater Australian environments:
    •    Scenic. Can be underwater or above water, including shore scenes. Can include marine animals or plants.
    •    Life, work and leisure: for example sport; working boats and ships; images of people in marine trades or skills; or maritime lifestyles
    •    Portraits of classic and wooden boats
    •    Abstract images of marine subjects

    How to enter

    1.   Read the Terms and Conditions of the competition (below).

    2.  Caption your photo, indicating your age bracket with either ‘Under 16’ or ‘Over 16’

    3.  Upload your geotagged photo to Instagram with your Instagram handle and the hashtag #cwbfsydney (privacy settings must be set to ‘public’ for us to retrieve your photo).

    The fine print

    Limit of two entries per person.

    The competition runs from 9 am on 1 December 2015 until 5 pm on 18 April 2016. All entries must be received by 5 pm on 18 April 2016.

    The judges will include ANMM staff members Emma Ferguson, Classic and Wooden Boat Festival project officer; Janine Flew, publications officer and editor of Signals magazine; and Andrew Frolows, senior staff photographer.

    Winners will be announced in early May 2016 via social media channels. The winning images will be published in the June 2016 issue of Signals.

    Terms and conditions

    Game of skill

    1. Information on how to enter and details of the prize form part of the Terms and Conditions. Entry into this competition is deemed acceptance of these Terms and Conditions.  
    2. To the extent of any inconsistency between these Terms and Conditions and any other reference to this competition, these Terms and Conditions will prevail.
    3. The competition is a game of skill, and chance plays no part in the selection of the winner.
    4. Submissions will be judged according to the following criteria:
      4.1  The relevance of the submitted photo to the themes in question, as decided by our judges.
      4.2  Artistic interpretation of the themes, as decided by our judges.
      4.3  Originality of the submission.
      4.4  Entries that are deemed not to not belong to or not to be taken by the user will not be eligible.
    5. Photographs must be taken in Australia or Australian waters, and must be geotagged.
    6. Only entries submitted via the Instagram application and which are appropriately hashtagged will be accepted.
    7. Images must have been previously unpublished (except on Flickr/Facebook/the entrant’s own blog).
    8. Images may be digitally enhanced (spots removed, filters added, colour balance adjusted, etc) but not digitally composed. No montages will be accepted.
    9. Images must be the entrant’s own copyright.
    10. Images must have been taken between 1 December 2015 and 18 April 2016.
    11. Entry is free. Maximum of two entries per person.
    12. Participation in this competition assumes the acceptance of the Instagram terms and conditions, found at http://instagram.com/legal/terms/
    13. Due to Instagram’s rules of use, people under 13 years of age are not permitted to enter the competition.
    14. Employees, and their immediate families, of the Australian National Maritime Museum, its contractors and sponsors are not eligible to enter this competition. ‘Immediate family’ means any of the following: spouse, ex-spouse, de-facto spouse, child or step child (whether natural or by adoption), parent, step parent, grandparent, step grandparent, uncle, aunt, niece, nephew, brother, sister, step brother, step sister or first cousin.
    15. In consideration for the Australian National Maritime Museum awarding the prize to the winners (including runners up), the winners give the Australian National Maritime Museum non-exclusive rights to use their submitted image and Instagram name in promotional formats such as announcing the winners via the Australian National Maritime Museum website, Signals magazine, Facebook page, Twitter account and Instagram application and in subsequent competition promotions (with attribution). The winner will not be entitled to any fee for such use.
    16. The judges reserve the right to disqualify any image that they deem unsuitable or inappropriate.
    17. In the case of portraits of people, the entrant must have the written permission of the subject(s) to enter the photograph in the competition. Before winning entries depicting people are published, this written permission must be provided to the Australian National Maritime Museum.
    18. Prize winners will be the best valid entries as judged by the judges appointed by the Australian National Maritime Museum, having regard to skill, creativity and originality. The Australian National Maritime Museum may select additional entries to be used as replacements in the event that the first entrant chosen as a winner cannot satisfy these Terms and Conditions or take the prize.
    19. Winners agree to have their images published in the June issue of the museum’s magazine Signals.
    20. The judges’ decision in relation to any aspect of the competition is final and binding on each person who enters. Chance plays no part in determining any winner. No correspondence will be entered into. No responsibility is accepted for late, lost or misdirected entries. Prizes are not transferable or exchangeable.