The Shipwrecked Mariners' Society has launched its ninth annual Ultimate Sea View competition honouring the UK's maritime heritage.
Launched to mark the charity's Seafarers Support Week (20-26 June 2021), the competition encourages photographers of all abilities to submit images that capture the UK's unique relationship with the sea, including its merchant ships, fishermen, coasts, harbours and ports.
With the Covid-19 pandemic continuing to see restrictions imposed for much of the year, the Society is once again encouraging individuals to look back through their photo albums and submit images old and new, with the overall winner receiving a £500 photographic equipment voucher.
The competition will once again be judged by a panel of experts, including online picture editor at The Telegraph Neil Stevenson, who this year joins the existing judging panel of former Sunday Times picture editor Ray Wells, picture editor of the i Sophie Batterbury, and the chief executive of the Shipwrecked Mariners' Society, Captain Justin Osmond RN.
Capt Osmond said: 'The last year has been a tough time for us all and especially for the key workers within the maritime industry who have kept the country afloat with much needed imports from overseas.
'Our industry often suffers from being out of sight and out of mind, but it truly is essential in keeping us going as an island nation and enabling us to go about our daily lives.
'The photography competition allows us to showcase and celebrate our relationship with the sea and having received a record-breaking number of entries last year, we are more excited than ever to see everyone’s fantastic and unique images over the course of this summer.'
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. In 2020, a £1 million Covid response fund was set up by the Society, to directly help those in the maritime community who were impacted by the pandemic.
To enter the competition, individuals can submit their photographs through the dedicated form before the deadline on 31 August 2021. Photographers can also enter their pictures via email, post or on the Society's new Instagram channel (@ShipwreckedMariners) using the hashtag #SMSPhotoComp2021.
Entrants should also note the terms and conditions for the competition on the society's website.