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RNLI Photographer of the Year results - The RNLI has announced the results of its inaugral Photographer of the Year competition, in association with Pentax.
The RNLI announces today at the London Boat Show the results of its inaugural Photographer of the Year competition in association with Pentax. All entries to the competition have been submitted by RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew members who have documented their brave work using Pentax’s waterproof digital cameras – the Optio W series.
Training for rescue operations, both on the water and ashore, is critical to the success of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. To facilitate this, Pentax digital cameras have been issued to record rescues and exercises to assist with future training and promote the value of the work provided by the RNLI’s highly skilled group of volunteers.
The Pentax Optio W series is designed specifically for outdoor and underwater photography. The compact, lightweight camera is waterproof up to a depth of 1.5 metres, without needing a underwater case and is therefore small enough to be slipped into a pocket.
Early trials with the Pentax WP proved so successful, in possibly the toughest environment for a camera to operate in, that by the end of January 2006 all 232 RNLI lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland had either an Optio WP or the updated Optio WPi. Blackpool Lifeboat Station described the camera as being ‘simple and easy to use, producing good results, which are perfect for the purpose’.
Andrew Freemantle, RNLI Chief Executive explains, "Photographs and moving images taken on these lifeboat cameras are now instrumental in helping increase awareness of the charity and can be used on the RNLI’s own website and in publications."
Over 500 charity volunteers entered their photos for the RNLI Photographer of the year competition consisting of five categories including Best Photo of All Weather Lifeboat and Best Photo of Shore Workers. Prizes for the winning crew members are being provided by Pentax and will be presented by Georgie Palmer, BBC South Today weather broadcaster, today at the RNLI stand at the London Boat Show in the ExCel exhibition centre.
The results are as follows:
John Brooks, Senior Helm, Portsmouth Lifeboat Station
Best Photo of an All Weather Lifeboat:
Ray Chapman, Second Coxswain Skegness Lifeboat Station
Runner up Becky Mack, Crew and Lifeboat Press Officer Swanage Lifeboat Station
Runner up Simon James, Second Mechanic, Torbay Lifeboat Station
Best Photo of an Inshore Lifeboat:
John Gilmour, Deputy Coxswain, Swanage Lifeboat Station
Runner up Mark Brown, Crew, Kinghorn Lifeboat Station
Runner up Paul Wibberly, Helm, Kinghorn Lifeboat Station
Best Photo of Shoreworkers:
Michael Picknett, Senior Helm, Redcar Lifeboat Station
Best Photo of Lifeguard:
Robin Howell, Lifeguard, Perranporth Lifeboat Station
Richard Glynn, Crew, Workington Lifeboat Station
The majority of RNLI crews are volunteers holding everyday jobs. Only one out of ten RNLI crew members comes from a professional maritime background. The RNLI provides the best possible equipment and training to ensure volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards can do their job in the safest and surest way. Visit rnli.org.uk/crewtraining or phone 0800 543210 for further information.