The winners of a national photography competition to find the UK’s ultimate sea view have today been revealed by one of the UK’s oldest maritime charities, the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society.
Alan Warriner, who beautifully captured lobster pots while visiting Beadnell Harbour, missed out on the top prize but landed one of the four category prizes, taking the Industry title.
With almost 800 entries from all across the UK, the judges faced a difficult decision in choosing this year’s winners, but unanimously picked amateur photographer David Lyon’s Nice Day for a Cruise, taken in Newhaven, East Sussex, as the overall winner.
The competition was judged aboard the HQS Wellington in London by a prestigious panel of media and maritime experts, including the picture editor at the Sunday Times, Ray Wells; picture editor at the i newspaper, Sophie Batterbury; senior features writer at the Amateur Photographer magazine, Oliver Atwell; and the chief executive of the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, Commodore Malcolm Williams.
Commodore Williams said: “We created the competition with the aim of finding an image that best portrays our country’s enduring relationship with the sea, in order to raise awareness of the Society’s work.
“We have had some outstanding entries from across the United Kingdom which not only encapsulate that enduring relationship, but also acted as a platform for people to celebrate their own special piece of our coastline. The judges had a very difficult task.”
Now in its 177th year, 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 more than 500 new applications for assistance and distributed £1.4million in 2,000 cases of need.