Charity competition seeks best sea photos

Charity competition seeks best sea photos One of last year’s Maritime Photographic Competition winning images, ‘Stormy Seas’ by Owen Humphreys

UK maritime charity the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society is once again on the lookout for photographers to submit their favourite images of the sea, for its annual competition honouring Britain’s proud maritime heritage.

Launched to coincide with the International Day of the Seafarer (25th June), the Society’s Maritime Photographic Competition, supported by Ensign and the Fishmongers’ Company, encourages photographers, both amateur and professional, to enter pictures that capture the essence of Britain’s enduring connection with the sea - including its merchant ships, fishermen, coast, harbours and ports.

Celebrating its 180th year, the Society is searching for standout images relating to all aspects of the UK’s historic relationship with the sea. Photographs should be submitted through the Society’s website before the deadline on Monday 26 August. Photographers can also enter their pictures via email, post or the Society’s social media channels.

The competition will once again be judged by a prestigious panel of experts, including Sunday Times Picture Editor, Ray Wells, Picture Editor of the i, Sophie Batterbury and the Chief Executive of the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, Capt. Justin Osmond RN.

“Britain’s strong maritime heritage can be traced back through generations and the history of our rich relationship with the sea is something we should be proud of,” Justin Osmond said.

“We should not forget this, nor how heavily we rely on our maritime community today, given that 95% of our imports and exports by volume are transported by sea. It is special to see all of the entries come in over the summer and for people to share their personal stories of the sea through photography that can be enjoyed by all.”

“We are thrilled to be supporting the Shipwrecked Mariners' Society’s annual Ultimate Sea View photography competition,” added Ensign Marketing Director Jemima FitzMorris.

“The Society's support for merchant seafarers, fishermen and their dependants can be life-changing for those in need and as the UK's only specialist maritime pensions provider, ensuring that seafarers, mariners and all those working in the industry have a comfortable retirement is a key part of our vision at Ensign, and one we share with the charity.”

The Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society supports fishermen, merchant mariners and their dependants who are suffering financial hardship, whether due to accident, ill health, unemployment or in retirement after a life spent working at sea. A total of over £1.4 million was paid in grants over the last year in 2000 cases of need.

To enter the competition and for the chance to win the prize of £500 of photographic equipment vouchers visit the Society’s web page or its Facebook or Twitter pages.

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