Life at sea with Inmarsat

14 October 2015: Inmarsat was proud to sponsor this year’s Nautilius Life at Sea photography competition, which aims to raise public and political awareness of the shipping industry and the essential role played by merchant seafarers.


Winning entry from Captain Richard Turball

Nautilus International is a trade union and professional organisation representing more than 22,000 maritime professionals in the UK, Netherlands and Switzerland.

Members include shipmasters, officers, cadets, ratings, yacht crew, VTS officers, harbourmasters, river boatmen, nautical college lecturers, maritime lawyers and even ship-based medical personnel.

Stormy seas

The Life at Sea competition, which has been running since 1997, aims to give seafarers the chance to show their often hidden working lives to the wider public – giving a taste of both the good and the bad aspects of life at sea.

Stormy seas, striking sunsets and smiling seafarers are just some of the entrants’ best shots of life at sea, many of which will be used in the Union’s work to promote the shipping industry and maritime careers.

“Inmarsat is really pleased to be involved with this project,” said Drew Brandy, Inmarsat Maritime SVP Market Strategy.

Crew welfare

“At the heart of Inmarsat’s business is a commitment to crew welfare and our services are designed to enhance life at sea.

“Supporting the ‘Life at Sea’ competition is important to us as it provides an opportunity for seafarers to share a snapshot of their lives with a broader audience, something that is all too rare.”

“It is a great initiative and an inspiring way to celebrate the work of seafarers. On behalf of Inmarsat, I’d like to extend our congratulations to the winners and all those who took part.”

Overall winner

First prize of £1,000 went to Captain Richard Turnbull, a master serving with Shell International Shipping Services, whose portfolio included some stunning shots – including an amazing image of a cargo tank inspection.

Second prize winner Andrew Walder, a second officer serving with Natural Environment Research Council/British Antarctic Survey, submitted some breath-taking pictures of his ship in the Wedell Sea, below.


And third prize winner Captain Nigel Prosser, a master serving with Swire Pacific, was praised for his excellent entries, including a brilliant shot of a sextant in use.

Photographic talent

Nautilus general secretary Mark Dickinson commented: ‘We are grateful to Inmarsat for sponsoring this year’s competition. We always enjoy running it and we are constantly impressed by the photographic talent displayed by seafarers.

“There were some superb submissions that truly captured the spirit of the competition and showed some of the less-seen aspects of their varied working lives.’

To view all the entries in the Nautilus Life at Sea competition follow the link.