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Best sea view photography competition to celebrate maritime heritage

By Iona M.J. MacDonald

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Last year's winner David Dodds, St Mary's lighthouse
Last year's winner David Dodds, St Mary's lighthouse

National maritime charity the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society is on the lookout for photographers to submit their favourite images of the sea.

The charity's 10th annual competition aims to honour the UK’s proud maritime heritage, with the overall winner receiving a £500 photographic equipment voucher.

Launched ahead of the charity’s Seafarers Support Week, the competition encourages photographers of all abilities to submit images that capture the UK’s relationship with the sea – including its merchant ships, fishermen, coasts, harbours and ports.

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 £1.3 million was paid in grants during the past year in over 1700 cases of need.

The competition will be judged by a prestigious panel of experts, including online picture editors at the Telegraph and the i newspaper, former Sunday Times picture editor, and the chief executive of the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, Captain Justin Osmond RN.

Discussing the launch of this year's competition, Capt Osmond said: “Over the last decade it has been incredible to see the competition grow year on year. It is amazing to see the nation enjoy our coastlines and support our maritime industry with a passion each year and I know this competition will be another special one.

“Although it can often suffer from being out of sight and out of mind, our maritime industry is truly essential in keeping us going as an island nation and enabling us to go about our daily lives, with the competition a great way of us showcasing and celebrating our special relationship with the sea.”

To enter the competition, individuals can submit their photographs through the dedicated form at www.shipwreckedmariners.org.uk. Photographers can also enter their pictures via email, post or on the society’s Instagram (@ShipwreckedMariners) using the hashtag #SMSPhotoComp2022. The closing date for entries is 11.59pm on August 29.

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