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Photo: ‘A nice day for a cruise’ by David Lyon – 2016 competition winner
8 SEP: A photograph of the sea overwhelming a ferry titled Nice day for a Cruise taken by David Lyon in Newhaven, East Sussex has been selected as the overall winner of the UK’s ultimate sea view in The Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society photography competition. “All the judges were struck by this image because it almost looks like an engraving,” said judge Ray Wells, picture editor at the Sunday Times. PHOTO: David Lyon. #BBCSnapshot #photography #competition #shipwreck #mariners #sea
With almost 800 entries from all across the UK, the judges faced a difficult decision in choosing this year’s winner, but unanimously picked as the overall winner amateur photographer David Lyon’s dynamic photograph of the sea overwhelming a ferry entitled ‘Nice day for a Cruise’ taken in Newhaven, East Sussex.
The competition was judged aboard the HQS Wellington in London, by a prestigious panel of media and maritime experts, including the picture editor at the Sunday Times, Ray Wells, picture editor at the i, Sophie Batterbury, senior features writer at the Amateur Photographer magazine, Oliver Atwell, and the chief executive of the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, Commodore Malcolm Williams.
Winners were also named in four categories:
The Society, which provides financial support to former seafarers and their dependents, was on the lookout for images of ships, harbours, ports, wrecks, seafarers and seascapes. The competition ran from the Society’s new website www.shipwreckedmariners.org.uk, and across social media.
David Lyon, as overall competition winner, will enjoy a seven-day Mediterranean cruise for two, kindly donated by MSC Shipping Company. All winners will have the opportunity to attend the 177th Annual General Meeting of the Society in October where their work will be showcased and they will meet those involved with the charity.
On the overall winning image, Ray Wells commented: “All the judges were struck by this image because it almost looks like an engraving. David was one of the very few photographers to capture the true power of the sea and the difficulties seafarers encounter at work.”
On the Ships and Wrecks category winner, Oliver Atwell said: “I like that Alex has removed the colour in his picture. This prevents the viewer from being distracted and makes them engage with the photograph on a narrative level, observing closely the textures and forms.”
Commodore Malcolm Williams said: “We created the competition with the aim of finding an image that best portrays our country’s enduring relationship with the sea, in order to raise awareness of the Society’s work. We have had some outstanding entries from across the United Kingdom which not only encapsulate that enduring relationship, but also acted as a platform for people to celebrate their own special piece of our coastline. The judges had a very difficult task.
The Society produced a special video of the judging process.
Now in its 177th year, the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society provides financial assistance to fishermen, mariners and their dependants 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 handled over 500 new applications for assistance and distributed £1.4 million in 2,000 cases of need.
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