A Wave Of Talent

 Rye Harbour crewman wins award in RNLI Pentax Photographer of the Year (2007) competition

. On the 3rd June 2007, whilst on service to the fishing vessel ‘Donald John’ – suffering from a sheared drive plate, crewman Anthony Peters took a photo of the ‘Donald John’ being towed back to harbour by Rye Harbour Lifeboat, B727.

The photo was entered in the RNLI Pentax Photographer of the year (2007) competition. Tony’s photo won the Best Photograph by an RNLI volunteer inshore lifeboat crew award.kur

Anthony Peter’s prize winning photograph of the ‘Donald John’ being towed in by Rye Harbour Lifeboat.

Exhibited for the first time at the 2008 London Boat Show (on the RNLI’s stand N030B), the overall and category winners photographs gave visitors to the Page Eleven show a unique snapshot into the training and rescue work by RNLI volunteer crews and lifeguards, as witnessed by them.

Now in its second year, the RNLI Pentax Photographer of the year competition was developed to document the rescue work of the lifesaving charity. All lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland are equipped with digital waterproof cameras from Pentax’s Optio ‘W’ series, enabling appropriate, real-time, high quality images of their lifesaving activities to be captured.

Commenting on the RNLI Pentax Photographer of the Year, Andrew Freemantle CBE, RNLI Chief Executive said:

‘Digital film and photography are now utilised by the RNLI to record search and rescue operations and exercises; this greatly assists the vital training of our volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards. Appropriate, real-time, high-quality digital images of the life-saving work of our volunteers are not only crucial to operations but also in raising public awareness of the charity that provides a 24-hour lifesaving service. I wish to pass on my thanks and congratulations to the winner, runners-up and all RNLI volunteers that have taken part in the 2007 competition.’

David Moore, Managing Director of Pentax (UK) said:

‘We wish to congratulate the overall winner and runners-up of the RNLI Pentax Photographer of the Year competition. All entries submitted by the RNLI’s volunteer lifeboat crews and lifeguards in 2007 were of a very high standard, but RNLI Lifeguard Bobby Renaud’s photograph is a really striking image that captured the attention and imagination of all the judges. The winning image certainly shows that our Optio W-series digital cameras are capable of surviving the elements and can enable users to capture quality photos in difficult shooting conditions!’

Prizes for the winning lifeguard and volunteer lifeboat crew members were provided by Pentax and presented by David Moore.

“Rye’s Own”  March  2008

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