SCI Announces Photography Contest for Mariners

Mar 15, 2012

Grand Prize Winner receives new Retina display, third-generation Apple iPad

Beginning today, the Seamen’s Church Institute (SCI) calls for submissions to a new maritime photography contest called An Insider’s View. During the two-month submission period, the Institute asks maritime industry employees to show off “art in everyday life,” something in the maritime workplace that people outside the industry might never see. A panel of three esteemed photographers examines the entries, and the photographer of the image chosen as the Grand Prize Winner receives a brand new iPad.

The maritime workplace contains beauty few ever see—huge, powerful vessels transiting vast waterways and oceans transporting unimaginable amounts of goods. The objects used and seen every day by working mariners would astound most people in the outside world. What a mariner sees may not make the front page of the newspaper, but his or her perspective offers a view of splendor hidden in plain sight.

Using angles, light, perspective and composition, SCI invites maritime industry employees to snap photos that depict a normal object—like a propeller, railing or wrench—in a unique and unusual way. SCI seeks photos that superbly capture the “extraordinary” in maritime workplace environments.

A panel of distinguished photographers judges contest entries: Gregory Thorp, winner of the James V. Swift Award for maritime photography; John Guider, renowned maritime photographer and creator of The River Inside; and Leo Sorel, New York City-based photojournalist and freelance photographer. One Grand Prize Winner will receive a just-released iPad (Wi-Fi 16 GB) and a copy of The River Inside. SCI will feature the winning photo, along with the additional top seven entries, on its website throughout the month of May.

An Insider’s View accepts up to five entries from any current or retired maritime industry employee until May 15, 2012. Photographers submit photos via SCI’s Photo Contest Flickr Group at where entrants can find a complete list of rules.