NATIONAL maritime charity, the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society, is once again on the lookout for photographers to submit their favourite images of the sea,

The eighth annual competition — held in honour of Britain’s proud maritime heritage — encourages 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 the nation’s travel plans, the charity is encouraging people to look back through their photo albums, as well as those taken more recently, as all will be accepted as valid entries and could land the prize of £500 worth of photographic equipment vouchers.

The competition, supported by The Fishmongers’ Company, will once again be judged by a prestigious panel of experts, including 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.

On the launch of the competition, captain Justin said: “While 2020 has brought an enormous challenge, we are pleased to launch our eighth annual maritime photography competition and provide some summer excitement to photographers across the UK.

“The competition allows us to showcase our proud maritime history and support the industry 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.”

To enter the competition, individuals can submit photographs through before the deadline on Monday, August 31, or via the Society’s Facebook or Twitter channels.