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1. Category

1.Do not upload more than six photos to this category, if taken on one voyage. For example: Two ship’s deck, two wheelhouse and two engine rooms. Or: four ship’s deck, one wheelhouse and one engine rooms.

2.This is not a category for displaying collections of holiday photos.Only photos of general interest will be accepted.

3.Photos of people or of crew or passengers cabins should not be uploaded.

4.Parts of ships such as bridge wings etc.are not allowed.

5.This is not a category for which no other suitable category can be found,any such photos will be deleted.
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2. Sub


Use this category for all internal shots of vessels such as public rooms on passenger vessels and crew mess decks and similar place on cargo vessels.

Vehicle decks of Ferries and Vehicle Carriers should be placed in Ships Deck category.


1.Use this for overviews taken from the wheelhouse or part of a ship or the shore which covers the whole of the deck.

2.Use this category for shots of swimming pool and other recreational activities seen on the decks of passenger ships.

3.Use this catergory for all shots of vehicle decks on Ferries and Vehicle Carriers.

4.Use this category for shots of cargo holds,full or empty.If full it should show the hold and not just the cargo.

5.Small parts of vessels such as winches, anchors etc.should not be posted.


Use this category for photos of equipment in Engine Rooms, Engine Control Rooms, Wireless/Radio Rooms and Cargo Control Rooms.


Use this category only for interior photos of Bridges and Wheelhouses, exterior views are not allowed.

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3. Required

In the Description field

- State the part of the ship which is the photo subject.

- Add other information of explanation and general interest.

During the uploading process

- Comply with the requirements of the Upload a new photo page

- Enter only the name of the vessel in the Title Box.

- Enter any IMO number in the IMO Number Box. Check for this before or during uploading.

- Select the correct sub category from the drop down menu.
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4. Research

Useful links include:

Databases such as Shipping Company sites.
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5. Site
Standards for this category

See Standard specific to this category below


We have site standards to ensure that the Shipspotting site maintains its focus on good images of ships themselves. In addition to these general standards, some categories have specific variations. Please use the Forum to raise any queries, or contact us at [email protected]

1. Size of image: The resolution must be between 768 x 768 pixels and 10000 x 10000 pixels, files have to be jpeg format. Please make sure that the size you select to post will show a photo that is sharp at the maximum size it will visible on the site.

2. Sharpness: Images must be sharp. In a sharp image, names, windows, cranes and other ship details will be clear. Moderate digital enhancement for sharpness is acceptable, but the image must remain sharp in at least one of medium/full screen/original sizes on a screen of at least 280mm. It is accepted that older images, processed from prints, negatives or transparencies may not be as sharp as modern digital photographs, although also in may cases digital photographs will benefit from sharpening

3. Exposure: All images should be appropriately exposed to show the ship clearly, and without large white or black areas. Silhouettes are not accepted.

4. Level: The horizon must be level and verticals should appear so. The image should be straightened where necessary. Some inclination for verticals at the edges of a photo can be allowed.

5. Distortion and enhancement: Photos taken with fish eye or other lenses that produce distorted images are not allowed. Black-and-white images are accepted only if that was the original medium; similarly for colour images. All manipulation of digital images should maintain a “natural” contrast and colour. For further guidance on digital enhancement see

6. Full ships only: For all views except those specifically for part-ship categories, bows, sterns and masts should not be cropped. Bow and stern shots are acceptable if they show the vessel from the waterline to the top of the superstructure.

7. Obstructions: Foreground obstructions should not restrict the view of the ship. Equipment and other vessels that are associated with the normal working of the ship (such as container cranes, tugs or bunkering barges) are acceptable provided they do not dominate the image. For ships alongside quays, the whole length of the ship should be in sight.

8. Main subject: The ship must be the main subject. Distant views where the ship is a small part of the image are not accepted.

9. People: The incidental presence of crew, passengers or shore workers in normal activity (ie not posed) is acceptable. Photographs showing people in the foreground, or others that may invade personal privacy, are not permitted.

10. Borders and watermarks: New digital images should not have added borders. Scanned historic images may retain a border provided it is unobtrusive and not decorative. Watermarks are acceptable provided they are discreet and do not impinge on the ship image. QR electronic codes are not permitted.

11. Small boats: Unless in use by the shipping or fishing industries or public authorities, small boats of less than 20 metres/65 feet in length are not accepted.

12. Multiple photos: When posting multiple photos of the same vessel taken on the same Date, the submission must be restricted to a maximum of 4 photographs with a significant change of Aspect/Angle between the photographs.

13. Date and location of photo: These must be included in the Description, if not added from the Location and Date of photo menus on the Upload page.

14 Old photos or negative scans from members archives must comply with Site Standards. Scratches or other blemishes should be removed, which may require the use of more advanced software.


A. Exception to 5) above: Full ships only, unless showing a unique feature of a ship. Cabins or bows are not unique features.
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