Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society Announce Photo Contest

July 15, 2014 | Zoltan Arva-Toth | Competitions | 0 Comments |
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A sea view photography competition, run by the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, is still on the hunt for the UK’s ultimate sea view. Having already seen a wave of entries, the competition, which is in its second year, will be judged by a panel of experts:  Matt Havercroft, editor of Discover Britain Magazine, Kate Westaway, a marine photographer and TV producer and Commodore Malcolm Williams, the Charity’s chief executive. The prize, donated by P&O Ferries, will be a five-day return crossing on their Dover to Calais route for a car or caravan and up to nine passengers. The trip can be booked any time between now and June 2015 and it comes in a celebration envelope. The deadline for entry is 5pm on 8th August.

Shipwrecked Mariners' Society Press Release

ENTRIES TO SEA VIEW COMPETITION FLOODING IN

Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society’s on the lookout for sea snap

A sea view photography competition, run by one of the UK’s oldest maritime charities, is still on the hunt for the UK’s ultimate sea view.

The Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, which celebrates its 175th anniversary this year and provides financial support to retired seafarers in need, or to those unable to continue working at sea as a result of injury or illness, is encouraging entries to the competition which is on the lookout for photos encapsulating the UK’s love of and reliance on the sea.

Having already seen a wave of entries, the competition, which is in its second year, will be judged by a panel of experts:  Matt Havercroft, editor of Discover Britain Magazine, Kate Westaway, a marine photographer and TV producer and Commodore Malcolm Williams, the Charity’s chief executive.

The prize, donated by P&O Ferries, will be a five-day return crossing on their Dover to Calais route for a car or caravan and up to nine passengers. The trip can be booked any time between now and June 2015 and it comes in a celebration envelope.

Running from the Charity’s website, www.shipwreckedmariners.org.uk, and across social media, participants are being encouraged to send in their photographs of what they believe best encapsulates Britain’s coast, seafarers and the sea; whether in relation to the work of fishermen, merchant mariners, or wildlife, seascapes - anything which shows and celebrates our intimate connection with, and reliance on the sea and seafarers.

As an island nation the UK relies on merchant shipping for 95 per cent of its imports and 75 per cent of exports. The UK’s sea ports handle over half a billion tonnes of goods each year * with more than 35,000 UK fishermen and merchant mariners employed in shipping.*

Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society Chief Executive, Malcolm Williams, said: “Last year we had more than 200 competition entries and selecting the winner proved to be quite a task. We are looking forward to seeing the different interpretations of the brief this year which we hope will show the full scope of our continuing connection with and reliance on the sea. Through this campaign, marking Seafarers Awareness Week, we want to draw attention to all those who dedicate their lives to the seafaring professions and who may need our help during difficult times in their retirement or following accident or illness that prevents them following their chosen work”. 

In the last year the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society handled 650 new applications for assistance and distributed £1.4million across 2,200 cases of need.

The deadline for entry is 5pm on Friday 8th August.

To enter the competition, full terms and conditions and for more information about the work of the Society visit www.shipwreckedmariners.org.uk or the society’s Facebook or twitter pages at www.facebook.com/shipwreckedmariners and @ShipwreckedSoc with the hashtag #UltimateSeaView.

* In the UK - 12,450 Fishermen; 22,830 Merchant Navy



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