The overall winning image taken by Bobby
The RNLI – the charity that provides a 24-hour life-saving service around the coast of the UK and Ireland today announces the results of the RNLI Pentax Photographer of the Year competition at the opening day of the London Boat Show.
Exhibited for the first time at the 2008 London Boat Show (on the RNLI’s stand N030B), the overall and category winners photographs give visitors to the show a unique snapshot into the training and rescue work of RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew and lifeguards, as witnessed by them. Entries to the competition have been submitted by RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew members and RNLI lifeguards and document the work of the lifesaving charity.
The overall winning photograph was taken by Bobby Renaud, an RNLI lifeguard from Cornwall and shows a lifeguard based at Treyarnon beach, Cornwall battling through the surf on an Arancia inshore rescue boat during a training exercise in the summer of 2007.
Now in its second year, the RNLI Pentax Photographer of the Year competition was developed to document the rescue work of the lifesaving charity. All RNLI lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland are equipped with digital waterproof Pentax cameras to enable appropriate real-time, high quality images of their life-saving activities to be captured.
Founded in 1824, the RNLI has a long history of capturing rescue images of its volunteer lifeboat cews at work, with the earliest photograph in the RNLI’s archive dating back to 1865. Well over a century later, in 2005, the RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crews of both all-weather and inshore lifeboats trialled Pentax WP digital cameras around the coast. The trials proved so successful that in January 2006 all RNLI lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland were equipped with digital waterproof cameras from Pentax’s Optio W series. RNLI Lifeguards across 71 beaches in Cornwall, Devon, Dorset and North Norfolk also now have access to Pentax digital cameras to capture rescue and training exercises.
In addition to the announcement of the RNLI Pentax Photographer of the Year (2007), prizes are also being awarded for ‘Best of’ photographs submitted by RNLI volunteer all weather and inshore lifeboat crews, and RNLI volunteer shore helpers in each of their respective categories; plus an award for Best RNLI Rescue image. Runners-up in these categories were also announced; along with a highly commended award for a shot of a classic yacht being rescued by RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew, as it had been washed up onto the beach in Eastbourne.
Commenting on the RNLI Pentax Photographer of the Year, Andrew Freemantle CBE, RNLI Chief Executive says:
“Digital film and photography are now utilised by the RNLI to record search and rescue operations and exercises; this greatly assists the vital training of our volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards. Appropriate, real-time, high-quality digital images of the life-saving work of our volunteers are not only crucial to operations but also in raising public awareness of the charity that provides a 24-hour lifesaving service. I wish to pass on my thanks and congratulations to the winner, runners-up and all RNLI volunteers that have taken part in the 2007 competition.”
David Moore, Managing Director of Pentax (UK) says:
“We wish to congratulate the overall winner and runners-up of the RNLI Pentax Photographer of the Year competition. All entries submitted by the RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards in 2007 were of a very high standard, but RNLI Lifeguard Bobby Renaud’s photograph is a really striking image that captured the attention and imagination of all the judges. The winning image certainly shows that our Optio W-series digital cameras are capable of surviving the elements and can enable users to capture quality photos in difficult shooting conditions!”
Prizes for the winning Lifeguard and volunteer lifeboat crew members are being provided by Pentax and will be presented by David Moore, Managing Director of Pentax (UK) to winners and runners-up at the RNLI’s stand (N030B) at the London Boat Show, ExCel exhibition centre on Friday 11 January 2008 at 10:30am.