RNLI: Photographer of the year 2006 Published: 09 January, 2007
THE RNLI announces the results of its first Photographer of the Year competition at 11am today.
All the entries to the competition have been submitted by RNLI volunteer lifeboat crew members and document the work of the lifesaving charity.
Training for rescue operations both on the water and ashore, is critical to the success of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution. To facilitate this, cameras have been issued to record rescues and exercises to assist with future training.
Early trials with the Pentax WP proved so successful, in possibly the
toughest environment for a camera to operate in, that by the end of January 2006 all 232 RNLI lifeboat stations in the UK and Ireland had either an Optio WP or the updated Optio WPi.
Blackpool Lifeboat Station described the camera as being ‘simple and easy to use, producing good results, which are perfect for the purpose.’
Andrew Freemantle, RNLI Chief Executive explains: ‘Photographs and moving images taken on these station cameras are now instrumental in helping increase awareness of the charity and can be used on the RNLI’s own website and in publications.’
Prizes for the winning volunteer crew members are being provided by Pentax and will be presented by Georgie Palmer, BBC South Today weather broadcaster.
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