National Historic Ships Photography Competition 2010

By Rachel Hayward | 14 April 2010
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Photo showing a boat decked out with flags on a river in the mist

(Above) A Revenue Cutter. © Stirling & Son. All photos courtesy The Waterways Trust

News: Here's a great new photography competition from National Historic Ships that includes primary and secondary schools.

Primary and secondary school aged pupils have the chance to win camera equipment for their school and a class visit to a local historic boat in the National Historic Ships 2010 Photography Competition.

Photo showing the white sails and rigging of a boat against a clear blue sky

(Right) Another nautical image to give your pupils inspiration for their own photographic endeavours. © Christian Topf

There are two categories for pupils: one for primary school pupils and the other for secondary school pupils. Pupils are asked to submit photos with a maritime theme which demonstrate interest and understanding of historic vessels in their local area. Prizes for both categories are: a digital camera for the school, sponsored by Olympus and a class visit to a nearby historic vessel. Highly commended winning entries will receive a copy of the book Photography at Sea, published by Adlard Coles Nautical.

The competition runs from March 1 to July 31, 2010, so get your pupils snapping away to be in with a chance of being this year's winners. The judging panel will include actor and Vice-President of The Waterways Trust, David Suchet and presenter of BBC2's coast Mark Horton.

Photo showing a boy in a dinghy laughing at a dog looking down at him from a nearby boat

(Above) From soaring sails to an encounter between child and animal - there are many possibilities for your pupils' photographic subject matter. © Tom Cunliffe

Full competition details, including how to find your local vessel, are on the National Historic Ships website.

Photo showing a girl and boy dressed up as pirates and holding hand crafted pirate ships made out of water bottles and string and coloured paper

A visit to an historic ship and nautical venue is a great cross-curricular day out for your class. (Above) Rory and Skye with their boats. © Clyde Maritime Trust

Culture24 recommends National Waterways Museum
National Waterways Museum in Gloucester is made up of three venues: Ellesmere Port, Stoke Bruerne and Gloucester Docks. The museums chart the history of the nation's inland waterways and house several historic boats which would make perfect subjects for the photography competition, including the Queen Boadicea II. Built in 1936 Queen Boadicea II is a Dunkirk 'Little Ship' who joined the volunteer fleet for 'operation dynamo' to evacuate troops from the beaches in May 1940. She now runs boat cruises along the Gloucester and Sharpness canal between April and October. Click on the link above for learning opportunities at National Waterways Museum.

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