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Ultimate Sea View Photography Competition

'Sunrise over The Cobb', by Noel Bennett, which has been highly commended in the Coastal Views category of the UK's Ultimate Sea View photography competition (Picture: PA)

Stunning images from Ultimate Sea View photo competition showcase UK’s love of the coast

These amazing sea images showcase Britain’s love of its coastline.

The Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society has unveiled the winners of its Ultimate Sea View 2019 photography competition.

Each of the chosen photos embodies the UK’s historic relationship with the sea.

The overall winner, titled “Landing Mackerel”, depicts a proud fisherman looking over his catch.

It was captured by amateur photographer Laurence Hartwell in the port of Newlyn, Cornwall, winning him a £500 voucher for camera equipment.

There were more than 800 entries in this year’s contest, which was broken down into four categories.

In the Ships & Wrecks category, Amanda Burgess won for her photo, “Fate of the Mersey Ferry”, taken along the River Thames at Woolwich, London.

John Alderson took the top prize in the People category for “Sunrise Through the Wave”, photographed in Sunderland.

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In the Recreation category, Alan Humphries was the winner for his photo of a helicopter, titled “Brighton Sussex Display”.

And in the Coastal Views category, Mark Dobson’s amazing picture of waves at Gwithian, Cornwall, “Wild Seas”, was the winner.

Celebrating its 180th year, the Shipwrecked Mariners’ Society offers financial support to former seafarers and their dependants.

Captain Justin Osmond said: “This year we received an extremely high level of top-quality images that showcased the beauty, industry and people that contribute to the UK’s coastal areas.

“With 2019 being our 180th year, it was amazing to see this celebration of British maritime culture seen from up and down country.

“Laurence Hartwell’s winning image, ‘Landing Mackerel’, was a particularly powerful image that we thought really represented those that the charity is here to support and symbolises the thousands of UK fisherman that work on our waters.”