The Donald Gosling Award

The Donald Gosling Award for Best Television or Film Production

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.

The Donald Gosling Award

Judging criteria

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

Vice Admiral Jerry Kyd CBE presents Bendik Mondal and Henrik Evertsson with the Donald Gosling Award for Best Television or Film Production 2021 at the Maritime Media Awards 2020 and 2021 as the Maritime Foundation returned to London’s Drapers’ Hall on Friday, 27 May 2022 at a reception and lunch attended by a diverse representation of the maritime community and the past two years of the book, film, digital media, and journalism award winners.

Recent Award Winners

2017 Justin Sihera and Alexis Andrews
2018 Nick Maddocks and Andy Attenburrow
2019 Sean McGuire
2020 Chris Terrill
2021 Henrik Evertsson

The award has been presented annually since 2006.

The prize is a pair of crystal dolphins mounted on an engraved marble plinth.

Please note: From 2022, prizes may differ due to changes to the Awards programme.