WISTA UK opens 'Came by Ship' photographic and essay competitions

(LONDON) — After a successful launch in 2014, WISTA UK in conjunction with Seavision (and Image Line Communications), and supported by the UK Chamber of Shipping, is running the “Came by Ship” Photographic and Essay Competitions again this year.

The “Came by Ship” overall awareness campaign was launched to coincide with the 40th anniversary celebrations of WISTA UK — part of the international organization for women in shipping — and is designed to promote the importance of shipping, with 95 percent of the goods and fuel we consume and export in the U.K. alone traveling by ship.

Open to all schools, cadets, youth groups, as well as individuals, both competitions seek to encourage younger people to consider the impact that shipping has on our everyday lives and recognize the great potential the industry holds for career opportunities.

The “Came by Ship” Essay and Photographic Competitions are now officially open for entries and will close at 1700 on May 27, with formal award of prizes during Seafarers Awareness Week, June 20-26.

The essay competition requires participants to write about something related to the shipping industry or the movement of “goods” by sea. It has two categories — ages 11 and under must write up to 250 words and ages 12-18 must write between 250 and 500 words. The winners of both categories will each receive an Apple iPad and their work will be published in The Maritime Executive.

The photographic competition has four different categories — again 11 and under and 12 to 18, reflecting the focus of "Came by Ship" on attracting the talents of tomorrow’s work force to the wide range of career opportunities offered by the maritime sector. Two additional categories welcome entries from all comers over the age of 18, together with a dedicated category for professional photographers. Multiple entries are welcome and need simply be on a maritime theme with the movement of goods/ships at the heart. The winners of the under 11 and 12-18 categories will both receive a camera and their photographs will be published on Splash 24/7.

Sue Terpilowski OBE, president of WISTA UK and managing director of Image Line Communications, said the aim of the WISTA UK “Came by Ship” initiative is to “help younger people overcome generational sea blindness by channeling their thoughts and skills into these great competitions. If we can get them thinking about the industry then it may spark interest in developing maritime careers further down the line. We encourage everyone to spread the word and pass on competition details directly to schools, teachers, coordinators, youth groups and supervisors. The future lifeblood of our industry lies in the hands of tomorrow’s youth.”

Ewen Macdonald, director of Seavision, believes “initiatives of this sort are essential if the might of the largely invisible maritime world is going to attract the attention and interest of the rising generation, upon whom the sector relies for its continued success.”

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By Professional Mariner Staff