FOR UK'S ULTIMATE SEAVIEW
THE search is on to find
the best visual portrayal of our nation's enduring connection to the
sea. It's part of a new national photography competition was
launched a few days back by one of the UK's oldest maritime
charities to celebrate Seafarers Awareness Week the runs up to 30
The Shipwrecked Mariners' Society, which provides financial support
and information to retired seafarers in need, is encouraging adults
and young people to enter the competition which is on the lookout
for photos which encapsulate the UK's love and reliance on its coast
The competition will be judged by an independent panel including
marine photographer and TV producer Kate Westaway and the charity's
chief executive, Commodore Malcolm Williams.
Running across social media platforms and via the charity's website
, participants are being encouraged to send in their pictures of the
coast, seafarers and the sea, whether in relation to work, wildlife,
seascapes or fun, to celebrate our intimate connection to and
reliance on the sea, seafarers and the maritime industry. In
addition to images taken specially the charity is also welcoming
entries which celebrate favourite seaside memories. For the
competition, everything from holiday snaps to photographs of ships
are welcome if they have been taken in the UK.
Britain's continuing reliance on the sea is often overlooked, but
95% of all imports and 75% of exports are still transported by sea,
with the £56 billion UK maritime sector; more than aerospace and
agriculture combined; directly employing over 410,000 people.
Between 2012 and 2013 the Shipwrecked Mariners' Society made regular
and one-off grants in 2,300 cases of need to retired seafarers and
their families amounting to over £1.6 million.
Shipwrecked Mariners' Society Chief Executive, Malcolm Williams,
said:- "As an island nation, the UK is still heavily reliant
on our seas for work, food and fun. We are looking forward to seeing
the different interpretations of the brief which we hope will show
the full scope of our continuing connection with the sea and our
coasts. Through this campaign marking Seafarers Awareness Week, we
aim to raise awareness of all those who dedicate their lives to the
seafaring professions and who may need our help in difficult times
in their retirement."
Seafarers Awareness Week is an annual campaign coordinated by
Seafarers UK; the leading charity for seafarers in need - to raise
awareness of Britain's dependence on seafarers and the sea. In 2012
Seafarers UK gave grants of £2.5 million to 67 charities including
the Shipwrecked Mariners' Society that help seafarers, their
families and dependants, across the Merchant Navy, Fishing Fleets,
Royal Navy and Royal Marines.
The deadline for entry is 5pm on
Friday, 16 August 2013.
To enter the competition, full terms and conditions and for more
information about the work of the Society visit their
website or the society's
Did you see Amy Childs in Liverpool?
IN Liverpool on 27 June
2013, dedicated fans queued to meet Towie star Amy Childs launching
for a signing at BANK in Liverpool 1. she then later headed to Juice
FM to talk about her signing. Ian Fairbrother popped over to take a
look and snap a few shots for us.