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Seafaring photos sought for charity competition

Press release issued by Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society.

Note: DPNow urges any photographer to closely scrutinise the conditions on entry into any photo competition as you risk unknowingly granting rights to a third party to the copyright, use or even ownership of your entry.

Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society On The Lookout For The UK’s Ultimate Sea View With Annual Maritime Photography Competition

Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society On The Lookout For The UK’s Ultimate Sea View With Annual Maritime Photography Competition
Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society On The Lookout For The UK’s Ultimate Sea View With Annual Maritime Photography Competition

To celebrate Britain’s proud and enduring connection with the sea, the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society are once again on with their voyage to find the UK’s ultimate sea view.

Launched in June, the competition is well underway, encouraging amateur and professional photographers to enter pictures which best encapsulate Britain’s reliance on, and relationship with the sea, its merchant ships and fishermen, our coast and its harbours, ports and wrecks, whether through work, recreation, art or sport.

The Society, now in its 177th year, is continuing on the lookout for images of ships, harbours, ports, wrecks, seafarers and seascapes. The competition is running from the Society’s new website www.shipwreckedmariners.org.uk, and across social media, with the society keen to encourage more entries in celebration of the ‘Best of British’ coastline. The deadline for entries is 5 August 2016.

Entries so far this year have been incredibly strong, with the summer weather spurring a number of new entries, all hoping to capture the UK’s ultimate sea view.

The competition will be judged by a prestigious panel of experts, including the Picture Editor at the Sunday Times, Ray Wells, the Editor of Amateur Photographer, Nigel Atherton, Picture Editor at i Online, Sophie Batterbury, and the Chief Executive of the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, Commodore Malcolm Williams.

Winners will be chosen in a number of categories including ships and wrecks, seascapes, industry and leisure. The first prize sponsored by MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company will be a seven night MSC Cruise for two.

Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society Chief Executive, Commodore Malcolm Williams, said: “As an island nation, Britain has a unique maritime heritage with a strong maritime industry and this competition aims to encapsulate our enduring relationship with the sea, our coastline and to celebrate those for whom the sea provides a livelihood.

“Now in its fourth year, our competition has grown from strength to strength, with last year’s competition seeing almost 500 entries showcasing great talent, which makes the prospect of the 2016 competition a very exciting one.”

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 over 2,000 cases of need.

Commodore Williams continued: “It is important to remember why we launch our competition during Seafarers Awareness Week.  As a nation the UK relies on merchant shipping for 95 per cent of its imports and 75 per cent of exports. The UK’s sea ports handle over half a billion tonnes of goods each year, which sustain our economy, and the maritime sector is a major employer as well as a way of life for many people.  And let us not forget fishing which provides  an important source of food  and is a significant employer in many communities. ”

To enter the competition, for full terms and condition and for more information about the work of the Society, visit www.shipwreckedmariners.org.uk or the Society’s Facebook or Twitter pages www.facebook.com/shipwreckedmariners and @ShipwreckedSoc


Competition T&Cs:

  • The closing date for entries is Friday 5 August 2016
  • Entrants must state whether they are a professional or amateur photographer upon entry
  • By entering the competition you give permission for your images to be recreated by the Charity and any media partner free of charge
  • This competition is open to residents of the UK, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and Republic of Ireland aged 16 years or over
  • It is a condition of entry that all rules are accepted as final and that the competitor agrees to abide by these rules. The decision of the judges is final. Submission of an entry will be taken to mean acceptance of these terms and conditions
  • Entries should be submitted via email to shipwreckedcomp@acceleris-mc.com or via the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society Facebook and Twitter pages. Entrants should include their own name, address and telephone number. Postal entries may be sent to Acceleris, Town Centre House, Cheltenham Crescent, Harrogate, HG1 1DQ.
  • All entries must be received by the advertised closing time and date
  • All images submitted must be the work of the individual submitting them. It is the responsibility of each entrant to ensure that any images they submit have been taken with the permission of the subject and do not infringe the copyright of any third party or any laws. By submitting images, entrants confirm that the photograph they are submitting is their own work and that they own the copyright to it
  • Copyright in all images submitted for this competition remains with the respective entrants. However, in consideration of their providing them for the Competition, each entrant grants a worldwide, irrevocable, perpetual licence to the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society to feature any or all of the submitted images in any of their publications, their websites and/or in any promotional material connected to this competition
  • Late entries will not be accepted. No responsibility can be accepted for lost entries and proof of transmission will not be accepted as proof of receipt
  • The winning entry will be that which is judged to be the most visually appealing, original and self-explanatory. The winner will be notified within three weeks of the closing date of the competition
  • The winners will be asked to take part in publicity
  • The winners’ name and hometown may be used for the Charity’s publicity purposes
  • All prizes are non-transferable and there are no cash alternatives
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