Thursday, 24 April 2014

RNLI photography competition puts the focus on West Country coasts

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The RNLI has revealed the shortlist for its coveted My Coast photography award.

The rescue charity has chosen ten images which will be narrowed down to one winner by a public vote on its Facebook page.

The competition was launched last September, coinciding with the launch of the Courage On Our Coasts photography book and exhibition, which showcased the photography of Torbay volunteer lifeboat crew member and professional photographer Nigel Millard.

The exhibition, which features more than 50 images of the RNLI’s lifesaving work, has been touring for seven months.

During that time, the charity has been running the My Coast photography competition, challenging photographers to capture what the coasts of the UK and Ireland mean to them.

“The RNLI’s volunteer crews and lifeguards are at the heart of the coastal experience, taking care of seafarers and beachgoers around the UK and Ireland,” Mr Millard said.

“This is what I have been capturing in my photographs over the past ten 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 shortlisting 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. Now it’s over to the public to crown the winner.”

A panel of judges at the RNLI reviewed all 107 entries, supervised by an independent representative from sponsors Epson, to create a long list for the public vote.

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