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12.12.2013

Capture the Essence of London’s Waterways (Thames21 news release)


Thames21 is excited to announce the launch of our 4th annual photography competition. We are inviting budding photographers to enter images of ‘London’s Waterways’ for the chance to win great prizes and to have your photograph exhibited at the National Maritime Museum.

Do you know of a secret place near the river? A magic spot along the canal? A place by the creek, where the light reflects on the water like nowhere else?

Why not share it with us as it is time to bring London’s waterways into the picture! In collaboration with the National Maritime Museum in Greenwich[1], Thames21 once again launch our hugely popular annual photography competition. The competition will be judged by world renowned landscape photographer Charlie Waite[2] and you have the chance to win some fantastic prizes: 1st Prize £250, 2nd Prize £150, 3rd Prize £100 and for the under 18s, 2 tickets for the London RIB Voyages[3].

And that’s not all. To coincide with the competition Thames21 are holding a selection of exciting events, which all offer great opportunities to take photographs that can be entered into the competition.

Ben Fenton from Thames21 hopes many Londoners will join the competition: ‘I’m really excited to see the excellent selection of photographs that this year’s competition will bring. Each year we receive pictures from people from all walks of life. From images snapped on mobile phones whilst walking down the canal, to those that have really been thought about and capture a secret London river spot. Everybody has the chance of winning one of the fine prizes we are offering this year and I’m very honoured to be again working with Landscape Photographer Charlie Waite, The Crown Estate and the prestigious National Maritime Museum and look forward to seeing the Shortlisted photographs exhibited there’.

The Crown Estate’s Marine Stewardship Manager, Fiona Wynne, said: “We are pleased to be able to support this photography competition for a second consecutive year. It a great way to capture the unique beauty of London’s waterways while also stimulating interest in conservation, and the marine biodiversity of our rivers.”

To find out more about how you can participate in the competition and for terms and conditions, please visit www.thames21.org.uk. The photo events and all our other events can be found here: www.thames21.org.uk/events.

Closing date is Sunday February 2nd and the free exhibition of shortlisted entries opens at the National Maritime Museum on Friday 14th February 2014.

The photographic competition is generously funded by The Crown Estate[4] and Bywaters[5] with the kind support of the National Maritime Museum and London Rib Voyages.

ENDS


For all media enquiries contact Martin Holm: martin.holm@thames21.org.uk, 07827 352 675.

For more information about the Photography Competition, terms and conditions contact Ben Fenton: ben.fenton@thames21.org.uk

Notes
1. National Maritime Museum in Greenwich is the world's largest maritime museum, filled with inspirational stories of discovery and adventure at sea. Explore the vast collection and enjoy free wifi in the comfort of the Compass Lounge. Steer a ship into port and fire a cannon at a dastardly pirate ship. For more information visit http://www1.rmg.co.uk/

2. Charlie Waite is firmly established as one of the world’s leading Landscape photographers. His photographic style is often considered to be unique, in that his photographs convey an almost spiritual quality of serenity and calm. Charlie's photographs are held in private and corporate collections throughout the world, and he has held numerous solo exhibitions at prestigious venues in the UK, Japan and the USA. For more information visit www.charliewaite.com

3. London RIB Voyages’ provide Thames speed boat experiences from the world famous London Eye. The original, fastest and smoothest Thames RIB adventures on the Thames today, with the newest fleet of vessels. For more information visit http://www.londonribvoyages.com/
4. The Crown Estate is a diverse property business with a capital value of £8.6 billion, and a total property value of £8.1 billion. The property they manage is owned by the Crown but is not the private property of the monarch. They are governed by an Act of Parliament and work supportively with government; in Westminster, in Scotland, Wales, Northern Ireland and at a local level. For more information visit http://www.thecrownestate.co.uk/

5. Bywaters is one of the UK’s leading recycling and resource management companies, having developed recycling and resource management solutions for a wide range of sectors including commercial, industrial, construction, health and municipal. Established in 1952, the company employs over 350 people and services over 2000 customers across the UK. For more information visit http://www.bywaters.co.uk/

6. Thames21 in an environmental charity (registered number 1103997) which works with thousands of volunteers each year to improve London’s rivers, canals and ponds.
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