The First Sea Lord’s Award

The Babcock International First Sea Lord’s Award for Best Use of Digital Media

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 First Sea Lord’s Digital Media Award

Judging criteria

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

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.

Sponsoring the First Sea Lord's Award

Babcock International is proud to sponsor the First Sea Lord’s Award for Best Use of Digital Media

Vice Admiral Jerry Kyd CBE presents the Babcock International First Sea Lord's Award for Best Use of Digital Media 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 British Antarctic Survey
2018 The Mary Rose Trust
2019 STEM Crew (1851 Trust) supported by INEOS Team UK
2020 Schmidt Ocean Institute
2021 One Ocean Hub

The award has been presented annually since 2014.

The prize is a mounted ship’s bell.

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