Thursday, March 18, 2021

Cash Prizes in New Photography Competition for Seafarers During the Pandemic

40 Photographs to Celebrate Four Decades of Charity Work
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WORLDWIDE – At a time when many crew members are still finding life more stressful than ever before, seafarers around the globe have a chance to lighten the mood a little and possible collect a cash prize in the second ever photography competition by the ITF Seafarers' Trust (ITFST).

’Out of Sight, Not Out of Mind’ calls on seafarers to submit digital photographs of themselves and their crew mates for a forthcoming book of 40 portraits of seafarers by seafarers. Last year seafarers were stretched to the limits with international regulations made more flexible to accommodate pandemic restrictions rather than maintaining their rights and protections. This year brings the challenge of ongoing disruptions to flights, complex logistics around vaccinations, testing and quarantine.

Now more than ever, comes the need to talk about the undervalued work of seafarers and reach a wider audience with the stories of those that transport essential food, fuel, medical supplies and consumer goods around the world and the book, which celebrates the 40th anniversary of the ITFST, will form part of a global campaign to raise awareness of the situation.

With entry open to currently serving seafarers at sea or ashore, the limited edition book will be presented to a select list of people whose influence can have an impact on the living and working conditions of seafarers to make sure that although out of sight, seafarers are not out of mind. Photographers of each of the 40 images selected will receive a fee of £100. The overall winner will be featured on the cover and receive a prize of £1,000. Dave Heindel, ITF Seafarers’ Trust Chair of Trustees, said:

“Seafarers have been one of the many unsung heroes of the pandemic. Unfortunately, they have been taken for granted too long now and need recognition for the critical role they play in the global supply chain. We are committing the Trust’s 40th anniversary celebrations to showcasing the lives and labours of the world’s seafarers.”

The competition is now open for submissions with a closing date of 01 May 2021 with full details of how to enter HERE. The winner will be announced on the Day of the Seafarer - 25 June 2021 and Katie Higginbottom, Head of the ITF Seafarers’ Trust concluded:

“We were thrilled by the high quality of images submitted to our Still at Sea photo competition last year. They provided us with an instant window onto the challenging but also rewarding and dignified lives of thousands of seafarers crewing the global fleet. We hope to maintain the momentum of that initiative, building a unique archive and giving agency to seafarers sharing their images, stories and emotions during turbulent times”

Earlier this week the ITFST announced it has joined forces with the UK National Maritime Museum and Mission to Seafarers to document life at sea during the Covid pandemic. Oral histories will be recorded from seafarers around the world with the help of maritime unions.