Tim Vine launches national maritime photography contest

A unique exhibition, which has brought a sense of the sea back to some of our country’s veteran mariners, has been organised by national maritime charity the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society.

The display, at the Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society care home in Banstead
, was held on Thursday (June 25) as part of Seafarers Awareness Week – marking the launch of its third annual maritime photography competition.

Comedian Tim Vine, who is local to Banstead, officially launched the contest after developing an interest in the society’s work.

Photographs from some of last year’s competition entries, ranging from trawler races in Brixham to lighthouses in Porthcawl, were displayed around the grounds of the the home and were viewed by guests including Vine.

The society is encouraging budding photographers to get involved in this year’s competition, open to professionals and amateurs across the country, and to send in their pictures of the coast, seafarers and the sea – whether in relation to work, wildlife, seascapes or fun.

The competition is being run from the society’s website and across social media.

It will be judged by a panel of media and maritime experts including the chief executive of the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, Commodore Malcolm Williams.

Commodore Williams said: “As an island nation, Britain is still heavily reliant on the sea for work, food and fun.

“This competition has seen two very successful years so far, with more than 400 entries last year.

“It gives us a unique opportunity to raise awareness of all those who dedicate their lives to the seafaring professions and to encourage those fishermen and mariners who may need the society’s help and support to come forward.”

£1.4m grants

Commander Brian Boxall-Hunt, Royal Alfred Seafarers’ Society chief executive, said: “It is a pleasure to be able to host this exhibition at Royal Alfred, during the Seafarers Awareness Week celebrations in our 150th anniversary year.

“The exhibition is a great way to bring the sea back to our former mariners and create a room with a view in our gardens.

“Memory therapies are very important for the care of a lot of our residents, especially those in our specialist dementia annex, so the exhibition should prove a great way of reminding them of their time at sea.

“It is always good to support the Shipwrecked Mariners Society, as some form of payback as they helped to establish our society in 1865.”

The society gives financial support to fishermen, mariners and their dependants who are suffering hardship.

Over the past year the organisation has handled 650 new applications for assistance and distributed £1.4m across 2,200 cases of need.

To enter the competition visit www.shipwreckedmariners.org.uk, or see the society’s Facebook page or Twitter feed.

The deadline for entries is August 7.

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