Honouring Britain’s proud maritime heritage, the contest is now in its eighth year.
Launched on July 1, it is encouraging photographers of all abilities to submit pictures that capture the essence of the UK’s enduring connection with the sea – including its merchant ships, fishermen, coast, harbours and ports.
Given the impact of coronavirus on travel, the charity is encouraging people to look back through their photo albums, as well as those taken more recently – all will be accepted as valid entries and could land the prize of £500 worth of photographic equipment vouchers.
In addition to stunning seascapes and coastal images, the charity is eager to receive pictures of people enjoying leisure activities, either on the sea or around the coastline.
Supported by The Fishmongers’ Company, the competition will be judged by a prestigious panel of experts, including Sunday Times picture editor Ray Wells, picture editor of the i, Sophie Batterbury and chief executive of the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, Capt. Justin Osmond RN.
Justin said: “While 2020 has brought an enormous challenge to all of our lives, we’re pleased to launch our eighth annual maritime photography competition and provide some summer excitement to photographers across the UK.
“Given the current circumstances, we’re keen to ensure everyone has the opportunity to enter, regardless of whether they have been able to take photographs at the coast this year or not, and want any images taken this year to be done so responsibly and in line with government guidance.
“The competition allows us to showcase our proud maritime history and support the industry that we are so reliant on, which has been absolutely critical to the nation over the past few months. As such, we encourage everyone, regardless of experience or ability to get involved.”
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.
More than £1.4 million was paid in grants over the last year in 2000 cases of need.
To enter the competition, submit your photographs through the dedicated form at www.shipwreckedmariners.org.uk before the deadline on Monday, August 31.
Photographers can also enter their pictures via email, post or the Society’s Facebook or Twitter channels.
Entrants must state whether they are a professional or amateur photographer.
By entering the competition, you give permission for your images to be recreated by the charity, competition sponsors and any media partner free of charge.