2022 Photography Competition Winners

23 DECEMBER: We are delighted to announce the four winners of the 2022 BPA Photography Competition

Four stunning photographs have each won £500 worth of prizes in the British Ports Association’s 2022 photo competition. This year’s competition was divided into four categories: ports, vessels, people, and nature.

Over 400 photos were entered into the competition, with the BPA shortlisting up to 8 photos in each of the four categories. A panel of six judges then voted for their favourites.

Read our press release here. The winning photos and some of the shortlisted photos are below.

WINNER, vessels category
MV Hjaltland
Andrew Simpson 
captured this shot in Lerwick Harbour of the MV Hjaltland, a ferry operating between Aberdeen and Shetland. Competition was tight for the winner with both the runner-up

Shortlisted in the Vessels Category

The Propellor
Congratulations to Ross McDonald, whose photo of welders at Harland and Wolff working on one of the 5.2m propellors of the Stena Superfast VII in dry dock. It saw off stiff competition to take first place in the people category. Our judges said this photo has done a beautiful job capturing the essence of working in the ports community, and that capturing the people without them looking at the camera feels like an authentic moment. It was also one of the favourites of the BPA team, who enjoyed the demonstration of the scale of the ship’s propulsion.

Shortlisted in the People Category

Shark in Water

Our judges really loved this image in what was a very competitive category with over a dozen outstanding entries. One said “the composition really brings the viewer around the whole image, from the shark, following the water lines to the distorted people. It’s an attractive use of light and colour as well, being vibrant without being over-processed and over saturated. It really tells a story without needing any description.”

The photographer was Rick Ayrton, who captured the shot several miles south of the Eddystone lighthouse in the English Channel.

Shortlisted in the Nature Category

WINNER, PORTS category
Southampton Container Port: Reflections in the Mist

Container ports and ships often make for good photos and we get quite a few entries due to the often breathtaking size and colourful nature of many of the subjects. Southampton container terminal in particular was a popular choice for many of our entrants, and it was difficult to pick from several very high quality entries. We loved the calmness of the water and the mist against what is no doubt a busy scene in this shot by Simon Bree.

Shortlisted in the Ports Category