Stunning picture wins national photography prize

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.

Thursday, 8th September 2016, 6:27 am
Beadnell Harbour, by Alan Warriner, which won the Industry category in a national photography competition to find the UKs ultimate sea view.

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.

The Society, which provides financial support to former seafarers and their dependents, was on the lookout for images of ships, harbours, ports, wrecks, seafarers and seascapes.

David Lyon, as overall competition winner, will enjoy a seven-day Mediterranean cruise for two, kindly donated by MSC Shipping Company. All winners will have the opportunity to attend the 177th Annual General Meeting of the Society in October where their work will be showcased and they will meet those involved with the charity.

Commodore Malcolm 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.

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The Society produced a special video of the judging process, which can be viewed at

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 over 500 new applications for assistance and distributed £1.4 million in 2,000 cases of need.