Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society photography competition looking to find picture perfect sea views

National maritime charity, the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, is calling on photographers to submit their favourite images of the sea for its annual competition honouring the UK’s proud maritime heritage.

Tuesday, 22nd June 2021, 10:50 am
Last year's winning image by Laurence Hartwell entitled 'Beam trawlers landing to the fish market at night'.

Launched to mark the charity’s Seafarers Support Week (Sunday, June 20 to Saturday, June 26), the competition encourages photographers of all abilities to submit images that capture the UK’s unique relationship with the sea, including its merchant ships, fishermen, coasts, harbours and ports – with the overall winner receiving a £500 photographic equipment voucher.

Captain Justin Osmond RN said: “The last year has been a tough time for us all and especially for the key workers within the maritime industry who have kept the country afloat with much needed imports from overseas.

“Our industry often suffers from being out of sight and out of mind, but it truly is essential in keeping us going as an island nation and enabling us to go about our daily lives.

“The photography competition allows us to showcase and celebrate our relationship with the sea and having received a record-breaking number of entries last year, we are more excited than ever to see everyone’s fantastic and unique images over the course of this summer.”

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. In 2020, a £1 million Covid response fund was set up by the Society, to directly help those in the maritime community who were impacted by the pandemic.

To enter the competition individuals can submit their photographs at before the Tuesday, August 31 deadline.

Photographers can also enter their pictures via email on the Society’s new Instagram channel (@ShipwreckedMariners) using the hashtag #SMSPhotoComp2021.