National maritime charity, the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, is once again on the lookout for photographers to submit their favourite images of the sea, for its tenth annual competition honouring the UK’s proud maritime heritage.
Launched ahead of the charity’s Seafarers Support Week (26 June – 2 July), the competition encourages photographers of all abilities to submit images that capture the UK’s lasting relationship with the sea – including its merchant ships, fishermen, coasts, harbours and ports.
In celebration of the competition’s tenth year, the Society is encouraging individuals to go out and capture new views for their photo albums this year, with the overall winner receiving a £500 photographic equipment voucher.
In addition to the dedicated entry submission form on the Society’s website, entrants can also submit photos through its Instagram channel (@ShipwreckedMariners) by using the hashtag #SMSPhotoComp2022.
The competition will once again be judged by a prestigious panel of experts, including Online Picture Editor at The Telegraph, Neil Stevenson, former 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.
Discussing the launch of the competition in its tenth year, Captain Justin Osmond RN, 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.”
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 1,700 cases of need.
To enter the competition, individuals can submit their photographs through the dedicated form at https://www.shipwreckedmariners.org.uk/photography-competition-2022 before the deadline on 29 August 2022. Photographers can also enter their pictures via email, post or on the Society’s Instagram channel (@ShipwreckedMariners) using the hashtag #SMSPhotoComp2022.