The Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society has launched its 10th annual photography competition, reports Paul Scott

Society launches 10th photo competition

The 2021 overall winner was Michael Marsh’s ‘The Fisherman’s Wake’ (on the left) … While David Dodds’ photograph (on the right) of St Mary’s Lighthouse in Whitley Bay won the 2021 Coastal Views category.

The competition, which honours the UK’s maritime heritage, 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’.

The competition was launched ahead of the charity’s Seafarers Support Week, which is taking place this week, from 26 June to 2 July.

Chief executive of the society Captain Justin 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.”

This year’s contest will 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 Justin Osmond.

The overall winner will receive a £500 voucher for photographic equipment.

“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,” said Justin Osmond.

Entrants can submit their images through the society’s Instagram channel, @ShipwreckedMariners, using the hashtag #SMSPhotoComp2022.

Alternatively, images can be submitted via a form on the society’s website here.

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