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  • 2019 photography competition winners revealed!

    WINNERS ANNOUNCED FOR NATIONAL PHOTOGRAPHIC COMPETITION

    National Maritime Charity, the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, reveals the winning images of its 2019 Ultimate Sea View photography competition

    National maritime charity, the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, has revealed the eagerly awaited results of its seventh annual photography competition, showcasing images relating to all aspects of the UK’s historic relationship with the sea.

    Having reviewed more than 800 fantastic entries, the judges decided to award Laurence Hartwell the prize for overall winner for 2019, with his entry ‘Landing Mackerel’, which captures a bird’s-eye view of a fisherman with his catch, taken in the port of Newlyn, Cornwall. The image won the amateur photographer a £500 prize voucher for photographic equipment.

    In addition to the overall prize, winners were also named in four categories:

    • Ships & Wrecks: Amanda Burgess – ‘Fate of the Mersey Ferry’, River Thames at Woolwich
    • People: John Alderson – ‘Sunrise Through the Wave’, Sunderland
    • Recreation: Alan Humphries – ‘Brighton Sussex Display’, Brighton
    • Coastal views: Mark Dobson – ‘Wild Seas’, Gwithian, Cornwall

    Picture Editor of the i, Sophie Batterbury; Picture Editor of the Sunday Times, Ray Wells and Chief Executive of the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, Captain Justin Osmond, identified the winners during the competition’s judging process, which took place at Trinity House, London, on 5th September.

    Celebrating its 180th year, the Society, which provides financial support to former seafarers and their dependants, was on the lookout for images of ships, harbours, ports, wrecks, seafarers and seascapes. The competition, backed by headline supporter Ensign and the Fishmongers’ Company, ran from the Society’s website www.shipwreckedmariners.org.uk, and across its social media platforms.

    Captain Justin Osmond said, “This year we received an extremely high level of top-quality images that showcased the beauty, industry and people that contribute to the UK’s coastal areas. With 2019 being our 180th year, it was amazing to see this celebration of British maritime culture seen from up and down country. Laurence Hartwell’s winning image, ‘Landing Mackerel’ was a particularly powerful image that we thought really represented those that the charity is here to support and symbolises the thousands of UK fisherman that work on our waters.”

    Ensign Marketing Director, Jemima FitzMorris commented on the competition: “Ensign has been a proud supporter of this year’s competition and it has been fantastic to see such a diverse array of submissions memorialising our country’s maritime heritage. The competition shows no signs of slowing in its seventh year as those positioned in and around our beautiful coastline celebrate our powerful relationship with the sea as an island nation. As the UK’s only not for profit maritime pension provider, ensuring that 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 Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society.”

    Full list of winners and commendations:

    Overall Winner:

    • Laurence Hartwell – Landing Mackerel

    Category Winners:

    Ships and wrecks

    • Amanda Burgess – Fate of the Mersey Ferry (Winner)
    • Gary Richardson – Heading for Harbour (Highly Commended)

    People

    • John Alderson – Sunrise Through the Wave (Winner)
    • Laurence Hartwell – Unnamed (Highly Commended)

    Recreation

    • Alan Humphries – Brighton Sussex Display (Winner)
    • Stanley Pearson – Jet Rides (Highly Commended)

    Coastal views

    • Mark Dobson – Wild Seas (Winner)
    • Noel Bennett – Sunrise Over the Cobb (Highly Commended)
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    National maritime charity, the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, has revealed the eagerly anticipated results of its annual photography competition showcasing the UK’s coastline and its associated people and industry.

    Following a challenging judging process of almost 1,000 entries, the prize for the overall winner was awarded to Chris Herring for his entry, ‘Fighting until the End’, a photo capturing an abandoned yacht at Cart Gap on the Norfolk Coast. The image landed the professional photographer a £500 prize voucher for photographic equipment.

    In addition to the overall prize, winners were also named in four categories:

    • Industry: John Roberts – ‘Dawn Fishing’, Bay of Biscay
    • Ships and Wrecks: Chris Herring – ‘Fighting until the End’, Cart Gap, Norfolk
    • Coastal Views: Owen Humphreys – ‘Stormy Seas’, Seaham, Co. Durham
    • People and Recreation: Gareth Easton– ‘Lee onboard Guardian Angell LK 272’, Shetland

    Picture Editor of the i, Sophie Batterbury; Editor of Amateur Photographer Magazine, Nigel Atherton; Picture Editor of the Sunday Times, Ray Wells and Chief Executive of the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, Captain Justin Osmond, identified the winners during the competition’s judging process, which took place on HQS Wellington.

    Chris Herring – Fighting until the End

    The Society, which provides financial support to former seafarers and their dependants, was on the lookout for images of ships, harbours, ports, wrecks, seafarers and seascapes. The competition, sponsored by the Fishmongers’ Company and supported by Nautilus International, ran from the Society’s website www.shipwreckedmariners.org.uk, and across social media.

    On the competition, Captain Osmond commented: “We received about 1,000 entries this year for the competition which is fantastic and many of the images portray those who we are here to support, with the competition enabling us to raise awareness of the maritime environment and those working in it.”

    Discussing the winner, Ray Wells commented: “The overall winner is just a beautiful picture. Despite having 100 pictures on the table when we first arrived, there was one that really stood out. The quality of the photograph technically and aesthetically distinguished it from all of the other entries and we are very happy to make it the overall winner of the competition.”

    To view a gallery of this year’s winning photographs, visit https://shipwreckedmariners.org.uk/photography-competition-2018/

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    The eagerly anticipated results of the UK-wide photography competition ‘Ultimate Sea View’ have been revealed by national maritime charity, the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, following a challenging judging process of over 1,300 entries.

    The overall winner of the competition was ‘Beams’ by William Pollard. The image, which captures the lighthouse at St Abb’s Head shining into the North Sea night, landed the amateur photographer a £500 prize voucher for photographic equipment.

    In addition to the overall prize, winners were also named in four categories:

    • Working at Sea: John Roberts – ‘Mackerel Fishing – Homeward Bound’, Outer Hebrides
    • Ships and Wrecks: Alex Iacobet – ‘The Tide that Never Came’, Sidmouth
    • Coastal Views: John Dyer – ‘The Stacs of St Kilda’, Scotland
    • People and Recreation: Roy Curtis – ‘Surfing into the Wind’, Newquay

    The winners were selected from a shortlist of over 100 photographs.  The four judges: Picture Editor of The i, Sophie Batterbury; Editor of Amateur Photographer, Nigel Atherton; Picture Editor of The Sunday Times, Ray Wells and the Chief Executive of the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, Commodore Malcolm Williams had a difficult task.

    The Society, which provides financial support to former seafarers and their dependants, was on the lookout for images of ships, harbours, ports, wrecks, seafarers and seascapes. The competition, sponsored by Inmarsat and supported by Nautilus International, ran from the Society’s website www.shipwreckedmariners.org.uk, and across social media.

    On the competition, Commodore Williams commented: “We had over 1,300 entries for the competition from over 400 people from right across the United Kingdom. Not only did we see a record number of entries this year, the quality was very high, making the judging an extremely difficult process.”

    On the entries, Nigel Atherton said: “We were blessed with some really fantastic entries this year, with a series of captivating, technically accomplished and emotive shots ending up on the shortlist. Of the few years I’ve enjoyed judging this competition, this was certainly the most difficult. It’s so pleasing to see so many talented photographers submit their images in support of the charity’s crucial work.”

    Commodore Williams continued: “The competition raises awareness of us as a charity and what we can do for people facing financial hardship, as well as celebrating our enduring relationship with the sea. In the last twelve months, we’ve distributed £1.4 million in over 2,000 cases and it is vital we continue to receive fantastic support from the public to enable us to continue to help those in need.”

    To view a gallery of winners, go to: https://shipwreckedmariners.org.uk/photography-competition-2017/

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