Capturing true life at sea

ITF Seafarers’ Trust photo competition celebrates seafarers and their careers

The ITF Seafarers’ Trust invites you to submit your best photographs of Life at Sea in 2023. Share the good times, the bad times, the extraordinary and the ordinary day-to-day of life on board. Snap action shots or moments of reflection. Immortalise your crew mates and capture what it’s really like living and working on board.

If you’re a seafarer but haven’t been able to join a ship in 2023, 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.

From exhibitions at Crew Connect in Manila to the USS Constitution Museum, Boston, 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.

We are pleased to announce that in co-operation with Rotterdam Maritime Museum the winning photo will be exhibited at the Museum Harbour.

This year’s judges are Paddy Rodgers, director of the Royal Museums Greenwich, UK; Anne Reitsma, photographer, Netherlands; Patrice Terraz, photographer, France; and San Ko Oo, AB and winner of Life at Sea 2022, Myanmar.

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). This can be in English or in 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 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.

First prize is £1,000, second prize is £750, and third prize is £500. This competition is open to all serving seafarers. Find out more at www.seafarerstrust. org/competition.