This World Maritime Day, we’re delighted to announce the winners of Life At Sea 2023.
The primary prize of £1,000 goes to John Robert M. Maraño for his photograph ’12 Levels’ – at first look a intelligent trick till you discover the pitch of the ship displaying on the instrument (an inclinometer) on the wall behind. Paddy Rodgers, judging the competitors mentioned “We consider the ground as stable, however seafarers will inform you that aboard a ship the ground may be very movable.
The pendulum within the background of the picture exhibits the swing of the ship, that it’s not a trick, that the photographer is doing one thing fairly intelligent with the angle of the digicam.” Simply think about finishing up your day by day work in an atmosphere that’s continuously rolling that you just’re powerless to manage.
“Michael Jackson? No. That is me making an attempt his strikes whereas balancing myself because the ship’s rolling reaches 12 levels. This prevents me from getting dizzy with the ship’s heavy rolling. This was taken throughout our drifting in Fremantle, Australia.” – John Robert M Maraño
Persevering with the theme of the forces of nature, the second prize was awarded to Mikael Cesar Bureros for his photograph ‘Converging Forces’ a dramatic picture of a container ship about to be engulfed by a sandstorm blowing out of Egypt. On this picture the viewer can think about the sensation of seeing nice billowing clouds of sand heading inexorably in direction of the photographer on board. Patrice Terraz, photographer and decide mentioned “Wanting via the pictures, you realise ‘no-one however a seafarer may take this photograph’, so most of the pictures put you instantly into the view of the crew.”
“Within the realm of the seafarer, the unpredictable forces of nature are each acquainted and formidable. When a sandstorm sweeps throughout the land, a mesmerizing battle between land and sea unfolds. The swirling maelstrom of sand mirrors the ceaseless waves that check the prowess of seafarers.
Just like the turbulent ocean, the sandstorm brings forth a symphony of chaos and problem, the place wind and sand merge in a dance of elemental energy. But amidst this tempestuous encounter, the seafarer’s spirit stays unyielding. Drawing upon their seafaring instincts, they navigate via the chaos, counting on their honed abilities and resilient resolve. On this fascinating conflict of land and sea, the seafarer’s indomitable spirit shines via, a testomony to their unparalleled braveness and unwavering dedication to beat nature’s most formidable storms.” – Mikael Cesar Bureros
The third prize, awarded to Reza Sajedifar for ‘Serenity’ brings a change of temper with a vibrant view shot over the aspect of a tanker displaying a fisherman at prayer on a small boat alongside. Anne Reitsma, photographer and competitors decide mentioned, “This photograph, with its stunning color and composition, actually exhibits the interplay of individuals’s day by day lives and the ocean.”
“Whats up I took this photograph from the deck of an oil tanker. I discovered the fishing boat, which was about 15 meters under us, very attention-grabbing. They have been nearly clinging to our anchored ship in order that they might catch extra fish and probably the most attention-grabbing factor for my part is the fisherman who prayed in the course of the ocean with a sure simplicity. Thank God I had my digicam in my hand and I used to be in a position to take their image at that second” – Reza Sajedifar
The judges recognised three additional images as extremely recommended: ‘Lady, you belong! [Babae, kabilang ka!]’ by Juven Tupas, ‘Rescue at Sea’ by Elijah Jose C. Barrios, and ‘Tank Inspection’ by Randolph P. de Jesus.
Girls are nonetheless very under-represented within the maritime sector comprising solely 2% of the worldwide workforce. This pensive picture titled ‘Lady, you belong!’ suggests an interior energy and dedication and reminds us that although small in quantity ladies can play an important position within the business.
“In a world the place you might be noticed by many and your talents are in comparison with that of males’s, it’s your personal identification that drives your helpful contribution to the business. As you speed up in numbers, it additionally proves that the maritime world shouldn’t be just for males however for everybody. You would possibly really feel lonely generally however keep in mind that you’re not alone. You’re a lady, and also you belong!” – Juven Tupas
Along with the day job, seafarers are additionally confronted by life and demise conditions akin to that mirrored in ‘Rescue at Sea’. While governments debate the political implications of migration at sea, seafarers should cope with the instant humanitarian response. This dramatic picture exhibits the precarity of the craft and the desperation of the individuals on board and leaves us to think about the stress and bravado of the seafarers engaged in saving their lives.
“The ocean is an immensity of inspiring tales. 09 February 2023—Our ship was en path to New Orleans, USA, when our second officer instantly seen a makeshift boat seemingly in misery. At the moment, I used to be watching a film in my cabin. Our captain known as me in a rushed voice, instructing me to deliver my digicam and doc what can be a rescue operation. After I acquired there, all fingers have been already on deck. We had doubts originally. We initially thought they have been pirates, however once we zoomed within the pictures, the tears and exhaustion of their faces have been sufficient to show they weren’t. The rescue operation was difficult for all of us. The ocean swells weren’t variety, and the present wasn’t easing us both. It took us 5 makes an attempt earlier than we have been in a position to rescue the distressed individuals efficiently. On this photograph, you will notice our ultimate try at reaching them via a lifeline. It was a catch for all times.” – Elijah Jose C. Barrios
‘Tank Inspection’ presents a totally completely different perspective. This nearly summary photograph exhibits the ship as an inhuman atmosphere, huge and dizzying however one which should be maintained and saved secure by the crew on board.
“Tank inspection is certainly a tiring job.” – Randolph P. de Jesus
And eventually this 12 months the judges agreed to award a particular additional prize for a picture submitted in low decision however worthy of recognition. ‘Working overside’ by Anil D Jethwa provokes a pointy consumption of breath. With its low-key caption, this astonishing picture speaks for itself.
“My pal working overboard for portray” – Anil D Jethwa
Life at Sea 2023 is the fourth seafarers’ images competitors organised by the ITF Seafarers Belief. The ITF Seafarers’ Belief images mission, which started in 2020 on the top of the Covid-19 pandemic, now boasts a set of some 8,000 digital photographs and captions. We’re enormously grateful to all of the seafarers who’ve embraced the chance to share their experiences with us and assist increase the profile of the women and men powering the worldwide motion of products and folks by sea.
Thanks additionally go to this 12 months’s judges: San Ko Oo, seafarer and winner of Life At Sea 2022, Anne Reitsma, photographer, Patrice Terraz, photographer, and Paddy Rodgers, Director (Chief Govt) of Royal Museums Greenwich who undertook the very tough activity of choice with nice care and consideration.
Life at Sea 2023 is the fourth seafarers’ images competitors organised by the ITF Seafarers Belief.
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