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Photo competition 2022

LIFE AT SEA 2022 Prize Photography Competition 

Calling all seafarers! Win £1000 for the best photograph of Life at Sea 2022. 

The ITF Seafarers’ Trust invites you to submit your best photographs of life at sea in 2022. Share the good times, the bad times, the extraordinary and the ordinary day-to-day of life onboard. Snap action shots or moments of reflection. Immortalise your crew mates and capture what it’s really like living and working onboard. If you’re a seafarer but haven’t been able to join a ship in 2022 don’t despair – we want to hear from you too - send us meaningful shots of the life of a seafarer ashore. 

From 2020, the ITF Seafarers’ Trust photo competitions have provided us with a remarkable photographic archive with which to promote awareness of the essential work of seafaring. Whether it's exhibitions at the International Maritime Organisation or articles in the media – we’ve been proud to share your stories.  And since we’ve come this far together, we plan to continue with an annual competition to make sure we’re always relevant and recording the real experience of seafaring in the present day.  

What we want from you  

We are looking for striking images and interesting accounts to give people ashore an insight into the lives of seafarers. Photos and stories that show what Life at Sea is really like.  

Include a caption or short account with your photo(s). Write in English or your mother tongue. Tell us about the photo and about yourself. If your picture shows someone else, please ensure you have their permission to submit their image for use in this project.   

Please ensure that you provide the largest possible file size when you save and upload your photos. Select ‘Actual size’ on your phone. Please note that ‘selfies’ taken using the front camera result in smaller file sizes so should be avoided. Likewise edited images may result in lower quality photos. Please do not forward smaller images from other platforms like Instagram or Facebook . If you have limited bandwidth or connection, you may need to choose a time to upload when fewer other crew members are using the internet, or wait until you are closer to shore. If you can only send a small image but have retained a larger file let us know in the space for text so that we can contact you.  


  •  1st prize £1,000 
  •  2nd prize £750 
  •  3rd prize £500 

This competition is open to all serving seafarers.  

The closing date for entries is 31 August 2022. Winning entries will be announced on World Maritime Day, 29 September 2022.

Seafarers are encouraged to submit images of between 1Mb and 5Mb with a recommendation to be between 300 and 1024 pixels along the longest side. You are advised to keep an original copy in the largest possible format. Shortlisted entries will be contact and requested to supply images in the largest possible file size. Images must have a file name and caption and being in JPEG format.  

Each entrant can submit a maximum of 3 images.  


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