10 September 2012
National Historic Ships UK, the official voice for historic vessels in the United Kingdom, is delighted to announce that HRH The Princess Royal will be a guest of honour at its prestigious annual awards ceremony, taking place onboard HMS Belfast on 24th October 2012.
NHS UK’s annual awards ceremony is a celebration of the UK’s maritime heritage and recognises excellence and outstanding achievements in the conservation of historic vessels. Awards presented at the ceremony include the ‘Flagship of the Year’, which acknowledges a vessel for its seasonal programme of public events and the Marsh Volunteer Award, recognising an outstanding volunteer in the conservation or operation of historic vessels in the UK. Keen to encourage new generations in the conservation and operation of historic vessels, this year’s ceremony will also see the award for ‘Young Volunteer of the Year’, for individuals under the age of 25.
In addition, the awards ceremony will see the winner’s of NHS UK’s 2012 photography competition revealed. Five categories of marine inspired photography that truly capture the spirit of the UK’s maritime heritage will be awarded together with an overall winner and the new award for ‘Young Photographer of the Year’.
Martyn Heighton, Director of National Historic Ships UK, said “We are honoured that HRH The Princess Royal will be attending our Awards Ceremony in celebration of the UK’s inspirational maritime heritage. This ceremony is a great opportunity to share and reward the remarkable achievements of those working so hard in the conservation of the UK’s historic vessels and to announce the winners of our annual national photographic competition, which attracts entries from people of all ages and backgrounds. I am delighted that HRH The Princess Royal will be joining us to celebrate their outstanding contributions, efforts, dedication and creativity.”
National Historic Ships UKadvises the Department of Culture, Media & Sport and a range of grant giving organisations on priorities for ship conservation and is the official voice for historic vessels in the UK. It maintains the National Register of Historic Vessels, which lists over a thousand significant craft and promotes the cause of historic vessels in the UK and world- wide. For further information visit, www.nationalhistoricships.org.uk.
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National Historic Ships UK Photography Competition – Categories:
A. Historic Vessels on the National Register or National Archive of Historic Vessels (entries by vessel owners or members of associated organisations only)
B. Traditional Maritime Skills in Action (open to all)
C. Classic Boat Favourite: The Maritime Enthusiast (open to all)
OVERALL WINNER: National Historic Ships UK’s Photographer 2012
D.1 Your local historic vessel or seascape (entries by primary school children only)
D.2 Your local historic vessel or seascape (entries by secondary school children only)
OVERALL WINNER: National Historic Ships UK’s Young Photographer 2012
National Historic Ships UK 2012 Marsh Volunteer Awards – Categories:
2012 National Volunteer Award – open to individuals or small groups of people who are over the age of 25
Young Volunteer Award – open to individuals or small groups of people under the age of 25
National Historic Ships UK 2012 Flagship of the Year – awarded to the owners of the vessel with the most impressive seasonal programme of public events in the forthcoming year