Maritime Media Awards
Inspiring and honouring writers and film-makers whose work deepens public understanding of Britain’s dependence on the sea
Maritime Media Awards 2016
This year marks the twenty-first year of the Maritime Media Awards, which were launched in 1995 by the Maritime Foundation to honour journalists, authors and others whose work in the media has served to create greater public understanding of maritime issues, and of Britain’s manifold dependence on the sea.
Four of the six annual Awards are open to public nomination:
- The Desmond Wettern Award for Best Journalistic Contribution
- The Mountbatten Award for Best Literary Contribution
- The Donald Gosling Award for Best Television or Film Contribution
- The First Sea Lord’s Digital Media Award
The Awards Committee very much welcomes the part played by the public in bringing attention to deserving work across the range of media the Awards represent. This website explains the purpose, eligibility and the judging criteria for each of these four Awards. The Awards suite also includes the Royal Navy – Desmond Wettern Fleet Award and the Maritime Fellowship Award, for which nominations are made, respectively, by the Royal Navy and the Maritime Media Awards Committee.
DESMOND WETTERN MEDIA AWARD
for Best Journalistic Contribution
The Award is made to the journalist whose writing, in the opinion of the Awards Committee, has made the most constructive contribution to generating public awareness of current maritime issues during the qualifying period. Eligible work may take the form of journalism in newspapers, periodicals, or specialist or technical journals (whether such publications are published in print or digitally) or radio journalism, but not television journalism, which is covered separately by the Donald Gosling Award for best Film or Television Contribution.
- Whether the work sustains an authoritative approach to promoting maritime awareness
- Whether the work causes the significance of maritime events to be reported in different media
- Whether the work contributes to a wider understanding of maritime issues, including political issues
- The significance of issues chosen
- The range and depth of analysis
- The quality of assessments concerning the future
- The originality of the work
- Its impact on maritime policy, public awareness and individual commitment.
The prize is an engraved crystal decanter and a cheque for £1,000.
MOUNTBATTEN MARITIME AWARD
for Best Literary Contribution
The Award is made to the author of the work of literature published in English during the qualifying period that, in the opinion of the Awards Committee, has contributed most significantly to public awareness of maritime issues. Eligible work must have a maritime focus, and includes scholarly or popular non-fiction on a technical, scientific, environmental, economic, industrial, legal, administrative, social or defence-related theme, as well as works of biography, history, fiction and poetry.
- Depth of understanding of the maritime subject
- Literary quality, and clarity of exposition
- Accuracy of factual content.
- Influence on the public understanding of current
The prize is an engraved silver Armada Plate.
DONALD GOSLING AWARD
for Best Television or Film Contribution
The Award is made to the director, producer, or other person responsible for making the film or television programme, released or broadcast in the United Kingdom during the qualifying period, that in the opinion of the Awards Committee has made the most significant contribution to the public understanding of maritime matters. Eligible work must have a maritime theme, must have been presented on a public network, and may take the form of a contemporary fiction drama, a television reportage or feature, a documentary or drama documentary, or a film or programme supporting a campaign in the public interest. Nominated work should be submitted in CD or DVD format.
- Whether the film or programme brings new insights to the subject
- The authenticity with which it captures the reality of activity associated with the sea
- Its value in promoting sustainable maritime activity and safety at sea
- The overall presentation and quality of the film or programme, and its ability to capture public imagination.
The prize is a pair of crystal dolphins mounted on an engraved marble plinth.
THE FIRST SEA LORD’S DIGITAL MEDIA AWARD
The Award is made to the team or person who, in the opinion of the Awards Committee, has made the most constructive contribution to generating awareness of current maritime issues through digital media, including websites, handheld device applications, or social media networks. Eligible work, which may include journalism, information resources, lectures, podcasts, video or other textual or visual content, must have been communicated to the public primarily via digital media. Nominated work should be submitted as a valid web URL, or in CD or DVD format.
- The relevance of the work to maritime issues
- The degree to which the work has made good use of the particular qualities of digital media
- The quality of the material presented
- The depth and originality with which the work has been developed; and
- Its impact on public awareness and individual commitment.
- How the work connects with its target audience, so that the age group to which it is directed appreciates its significance;
- The level of favourable feedback received, including the evidence of ‘hits’, ‘likes’, ‘shares’, etc.
The prize is a Whitechapel bell.
MARITIME FELLOWSHIP AWARD
The Award, for which the nomination is made by the Maritime Media Awards Committee, honours an individual who has made a truly outstanding contribution to stimulating public engagement in maritime issues in a manner that has a special or cumulative value and is not covered by the other Maritime Media Awards. This contribution may have been made either through a lifetime of dedicated service or through a leading role in realising a particular project, such as, a major nautical festival, the consistently imaginative editing of a well-respected maritime publication or the development of a particular maritime sector.
- A qualifying project must have had an impact at the national level, and engaged the public in a contemporary way in a maritime activity, or through a sea-related exhibition, spectacle or other event.
- A lifetime achievement must include at least twenty years of dedicated endeavour in promoting maritime awareness through the media, or a similar period of outstanding service in the advancement of a particular sector of maritime industry or activity.
The prize is a hand-blown Athena crystal bowl with a detachable engraved silver base.
ROYAL NAVY – DESMOND WETTERN FLEET AWARD
The Desmond Wettern Fleet Award is presented annually to the HM ship, submarine, Naval Air Squadron or Royal Marine Unit that is judged to have made the best contribution to a positive image of the Royal Navy during the year to 30 September.
The nomination and judging arrangements are handled by Fleet Media at Portsmouth for the Royal Navy.
The Award is a cut glass ship’s decanter mounted on a plinth of oak from HMS Victory and bearing a silver plate inscribed ‘Heart of Oak’.