Ship­wrecked Mariners’ So­ci­ety

The Oban Times - - Leisure -

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.

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