During this time, the charity has been running the My Coast photography competition, in partnership with Epson. Budding photographers were challenged to capture what the coasts of the UK and Ireland mean to them.
A panel of judges at the RNLI reviewed all 107 entries, supervised by an independent representative from sponsors Epson, to create a long-list. Nigel Millard then short-listed the top ten entries, which are today being uploaded to the charity’s Facebook page for the winner to be decided by a public vote.
Voting will be open for one week, so those wishing to vote should visit www.facebook.com/rnli before Tuesday 22 April. If they are not already fans of the charity on Facebook, they will need to ‘like’ the page before they can vote.
The winner will receive an image of their choice from the Courage on our Coasts exhibition, signed by Nigel Millard, an Epson R3000 Compact A3+ printer (donated by Epson), an Ewa Marine CAF100 Rain Cape and an iPhone waterproof housing (donated by Cameras Underwater).
Nigel Millard says:
‘The RNLI’s volunteer crews and lifeguards are at the heart of the coastal experience, taking care of sea farers and beach-goers around the UK and Ireland. This is what I have been capturing in my photographs over the past 10 years, and it’s what’s showcased in the charity’s Courage on our Coasts exhibition. So we thought it was apt for the My Coast competition to ask other photographers to capture what the varied and beautiful coasts of the UK and Ireland mean to them.
‘The short-listing process was difficult – there were some fantastic entries – but I really enjoyed seeing the range of approaches to coastal photography; the range of styles and subject matter was vast. I looked for striking images that really encapsulate the photographer’s experience of the coastline. Now it’s over to the public to crown the winner!’
The winner will be informed within two weeks of the end of the public vote and will be announced on Facebook. They will be invited to receive their award at the RNLI’s Annual Presentation of Awards at the Barbican in London on Thursday 22 May 2014.
Notes to Editors
• The attached image sheet shows the short-listed photos. All ten of the short-listed images can be seen at www.facebook.com/rnli and are available for media use. Contact RNLI Public Relations (details below) to request copies.
• Nigel Millard is an international photographer and a lifeboat crew member at Torbay in Devon. He is best known for his ongoing commissions for the Royal National Lifeboat Institution, for his special issue Royal Mail stamps, and for commissions for companies including Mercedes, Land Rover and Lloyds Bank. He has been working with the RNLI now for almost a decade. In 2010 Nigel was awarded an RNLI Supporter Award for his continued support.
RNLI media contacts
For more information, please contact Laura Fennimore, RNLI Public Relations Officer, on 01202 663181 / Laura_Fennimore@rnli.org.uk or RNLI Public Relations on 01202 336789.