NHS-UK Award Winners Announced
26 October 2012
National Historic Ships UK 2012 Award Winners Announced
HRH The Princess Royal presents awards at prestigious ceremony
The winners of National Historic Ships UK’s 2012 Photography competition, Marsh Volunteer Awards and Flagship of the Year were revealed at a prestigious awards ceremony yesterday, which took place onboard HMS Belfast with guest of honour HRH The Princess Royal presenting the awards.
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.
The overall winner of the 2012 photography competition was awarded to Ian Kippax from Ely in Cambridgeshire after his image, Scorpio, was chosen from over 450 entries to scoop the £1,000 prize to be spent directly on one of the vessels on the National Register of Historic Vessels of his choice. Described by the expert panel of judges as a ‘powerful, almost haunting’ image, Scorpio was selected as the entry which showed most imagination, creativity and most unusual perspective in capturing the spirit of the UK’s maritime heritage. A copy of Scorpio was also presented to HRH The Princess Royal as a commemorative gift.
New for 2012, NHS-UK also launched the search for the Young Photographer of the Year, encouraging primary and secondary school children to showcase their photography skills. 15 year old Hannah Davies from Bishopston Comprehensive School in Swansea was the winner of this coveted award with her entry, Mumbles Lifeboat Station, and received a digital camera for her school as well as a visit to a historic vessel for her and her class.
Now in its second year, the Marsh Volunteer Awards recognise outstanding volunteers in the conservation or operation of historic vessels in the UK. This year’s scheme also saw the introduction of the Young Volunteer of the Year award to acknowledge the role of young people under the age of 25 in historic vessel conservation.
Lisa and Derek Chafer were named as the 2012 Marsh Volunteer Award winners for their outstanding dedication to the Humber Sloop, Amy Howson, and received the top prize of £700. As members of the Humber Keel and Sloop Preservation Society, Lisa and Derek have made an all-round contribution to give the society’s preservation work a stable financial position for 2013.
With the judging panel’s decision so close a second prize was also awarded to Simon Sawers from the SS Explorer Preservation Society in Aberdeen. As a volunteer for the society for nearly 15 years, Simon is now Society Chairman, actively leading the work to preserve and save this historic ship and as a result took the £300 second prize.
Sisters Hannah and Bethany Pihama collected the award for the 2012 Young Volunteer of the Year for the exceptional commitment they have shown in the restoration of the historic sailing barge, Cambria in Kent. Dedicating their weekends to help paint and finish the hull of the historic ship they scooped the £500 winning prize.
Also honoured at the ceremony were the owners of the Thames spritsail barge, Edith May, based in Lower Halstow, Kent, who were awarded the 2012 Flagship of the Year and took the £1,000 winning grant to go towards the cost of keeping the vessel in operational condition and open for public viewing. First launched in 1906 for coastal trade the 86 foot coasting barge was selected as the winner due to its extensive public programme throughout 2012 including festivals, barge matches, public cruises and a place in the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant.
Commenting on the 2012 awards, Martyn Heighton, Director of National Historic Ships UK, said “We are honoured that HRH The Princess Royal was able to join us in celebration of the UK’s inspirational maritime heritage in a year when our history was on display to the world with the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee Pageant. The 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, without whom many of our most significant vessels would no longer survive for members of the public to enjoy.
“This year we received a host of exceptional entries for each of the awards categories, which made the judging process very difficult, but the winning entries shone through and it’s with great pleasure that we can recognise their valuable contributions, hard work and dedication.”
View all Photo Competition prize winners here
Further information about the Marsh Volunteer Awards for Historic Vessel Conservation here
Notes for Editors:
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Ian Kippax presentation: Ian Kippax from Cambridgeshire receives his award for the 2012 overall winner of the photography competition from HRH The Princess Royal for his image Scorpio.
Mumbles Lifeboat Station: The winning image of the 2012 Young Photographer of the Year, taken by 15 year old Hannah Davies from Swansea.
Marsh Award Winners: Derek & Lisa Chafer, Simon Sawers and Hannah & Bethany Pihama are delighted to be announced as the 2012 Marsh Volunteer Award winners.
The Marsh Christian Trust is a grant making body, established by Brian Marsh in 1981. The Trust provides grants to registered charities working in the fields of social welfare, literature arts and heritage, environmental and animal welfare, healthcare and medical research, education and training and a small number overseas. The Trust also runs a portfolio of Awards with a number of internationally and nationally recognised organizations, which seek to recognise unsung heroes who all aim to improve the world we live in.
2012 Flagship of the Year Award
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