Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society
National maritime charity, the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society is calling on photographers to submit images celebrating Britain’s proud maritime heritage, for its annual competition searching for the UK’s ultimate sea view.
Launched to mark national Seafarers Awareness Week until June 30, the competition, sponsored by Inmarsat, encourages amateur and professional photographers to enter pictures which best encapsulate Britain’s enduring connection with the sea - its merchant ships, fishermen, coast, harbours and ports.
The Society is on the lookout for images covering all aspects of the UK’s relationship with the sea including ships and wrecks, seascapes, industry and leisure.
Photographs should be submitted through the Society’s website www. shipwreckedmariners.org.uk before the deadline on Friday August 4. Photographers can also enter their pictures via email, post or the Society’s social media channels.
The competition will be judged by a prestigious panel of experts, including Sunday Times Picture Editor, Ray Wells, Amateur Photographer Magazine Features Writer, Oliver Atwell, Picture Editor of the i, Sophie Batterbury and the chief executive of the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, Commodore Malcolm Williams.
Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society chief executive, Commodore Malcolm Williams, said: ‘Britain’s longstanding connection with, and ongoing reliance on the sea should be celebrated. Our strong maritime industry continues to make a huge contribution to communities up and down the country and this competition allows us to recognise this enduring element of British life.
‘The competition has gone from strength-to-strength over the last four years, seeing a record number of entries in 2016, and we are excited to see that trend continue. Our competition allows us to showcase the very best of the sea and celebrate the wealth of talented photographers across the UK.’
The Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society provides financial assistance to fishermen, mariners and their dependents who are suffering hardship, whether due to accident, ill health, unemployment or in retirement after a life spent working at sea.
In the last year the charity received 560 new applications for assistance and distributed £1.4 million in over 2,000 cases of need.
To enter the competition, for full terms and conditions and for more information about the work of the Society, visit www.shipwrecked- mariners.org.uk or the Society’s Facebook or Twitter pages www.facebook.com/shipwreckedmariners and @ShipwreckedSoc.