The winners of National Historic Ships UK’s 2018 Photography Competition and Marsh Volunteer and Flagship Awards were revealed at a prestigious awards ceremony today at the Corporation of Trinity House, London.

National Historic Ships UK’s annual awards ceremony is a celebration of maritime heritage around the UK coasts, lakes, and rivers, encouraging people of all ages and backgrounds to engage with historic vessels through photography, volunteering, or by operating them and encouraging the public to go on board at festivals and events.

The accolade of overall winner of the 2018 Photography Competition was awarded to Russell Anley after his image, ‘Graceful Lines’, was chosen from hundreds of entries to scoop the £1,000 prize awarded by National Historic Ships UK.  The prize will go to a vessel of Russell’s choice on the National Register of Historic Vessels.

The competition was strong this year with outstanding entries from a wide range of entrants. The judging panel were delighted to see both professional and amateur photographers represented, although to ensure fairness these details are not disclosed when selecting the best photographs.  Commenting on Russell’s winning image, judge Paul Atterbury said:

Although Waverley is one of Britain's best known historic ships, this exciting image shows her in a new light - dramatic, elegant and racing across the sea. It also brings together a classic ship and modern photographic techniques and processes, with spectacular results.”

The competition has been supported this year by Winter & Co., Arthur Beale, Waverley Excursions Ltd., Classic Boat, Robbins Timber and AxisTwelve.



Now in their eighth year, the Marsh Volunteer Awards recognise outstanding volunteers in the conservation or operation of historic vessels in the UK.

The Individual Award goes to Brian Small, a volunteer for the HMS Medusa Trust, who was named as the 2018 Marsh Volunteer Award winner and receives a prize of £500.

The Marsh Team Volunteer Award was presented to the Around & Around team for their conservation of the historic yacht Lively Lady. The team received a prize of £1,000.

The Engaging with the Public Marsh Volunteer Award was presented to Lewis Folland for his media work for SS Shieldhall. He received a prize of £500.

The Friends of LV50 was presented with a Special Commendation Award and receives a prize of £500.

The Marsh Volunteer Awards are supported by the Marsh Christian Trust.


The Annual National Flagship of the Year Award for operational vessels was awarded to St Joan

Regional Flagship awards were also awarded to Gondola (North West) and SS Shieldhall (Solent).



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National Historic Ships UK advises the Department of Digital, 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, along with 3 other registers listing the UK’s historic and replica vessels – information at:

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:

Full list of the NHS-UK photography competition winners:

Category A – Our Historic Vessels

Winner – Graceful Lines, by Russell Anley, from Bishopton, Renfrewshire

Highly commended – Radio Caroline Dramatics, by Stacey Belbin, from West Mersea, Essex

Category B – Skills in Action

Winner – Making ready to sail the Tres Hombres, by Peter Hunt from Brixham, Devon

Highly commended – Caulking, by Peter Pangbourne, from West Mersea, Essex

Category C – Wish you were here

Winner – Centaur. A piece of cake, by Veronica Stevens, from Chelmsford, Essex

Highly commended – Anchored up at Droughty Point, by Jeff Murray from Sandy Bay, Australia

Category D – A True Classic

Winner – Edge to edge, by Philippe Saudreau, from Plérin, France

Highly commended – Barges on the Backwater, by Colm O’Laoi, from Brightlingsea, Essex

Category E – Faces of the Sea

Winner – Puffer Spartan and her skipper, by Alan Kempster, from Kilmarnock, East Ayrshire

Highly commended – The lure of the sea, by Ian Kippax, from Ely, Cambridgeshire

People’s Choice

Winner - Radio Caroline Dramatics – by Stacey Belbin, from West Mersea, Essex.

Highly Commended – Dorothy at rest, by Peter Pangbourne, from West Mersea, Essex

National Historic Ship UK’s Photographer 2018

Overall Winner

Graceful Lines, by Russell Anley, from Bishopton, Renfrewshire