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Awards Winners

Maritime Media Awards 2018

Drapers' Hall, London
Wednesday, 31 October 2018

MMA2018 Wettern Award Winner

The Desmond Wettern Award for Best Journalism

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.


Christopher Cope
Political Correspondent, Warship World


Sam Chambers
Editorial Director, Splash 247

Deborah Haynes
Defence Editor, The Times

Sam Llewellyn
Editor, The Marine Quarterly

Paul Ridgway
Correspondent, Seagull

John Roberts
Editor, Scuttlebutt

MMA2018 Mountbatten Award Winner

The Mountbatten Award for Best Book

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.


David Mearns – The Shipwreck Hunter: A Lifetime of Extraordinary Deep-Sea Discoveries (Allen & Unwin)


Doaa Abdel-Motaal – Antarctica: The Battle for the Seventh Continent (Praeger)
Tami Oldham Ashcraft – Adrift: A True Story of Love, Loss and Survival at Sea (William Collins)
Naomi Austin – The Call of the Sea: A Visual Timeline of Sunderland's Shipbuilding History Through to the Tall Ships Race of 2018 (Consilience Media)
Iain Ballantyne – The Deadly Trade: The Complete History of Submarine Warfare From Archimedes to the Present (Weidenfeld & Nicolson)
Mike Bender – A New History of Yachting (Boydell Press)
Sally Berridge – The Epic Voyages of Maud Berridge: The Seafaring Diaries of a Victorian Lady (Adlard Coles Nautical)
Kathy Brogan, Russ Bagley, John Barker – If Hovercraft Can Go Anywhere, How Did We End Up Here? (Shivering Sheep)
Steven Price Brown – Riddle of the Waves (Adlard Coles)
Steve Bush – The Fotoflite Files, Volume 1: Royal Navy Warships (NavyBooks)
Horatio Clare – Icebreaker: A Voyage Far North (Chatto & Windus)
Nic Compton – Off the Deep End: A History of Madness at Sea (Adlard Coles)
Caspar Craven – Where the Magic Happens: How a Young Family Changed Their Lives and Sailed Around the World (Adlard Coles)
Kaci Cronkhite – Finding Pax: One Woman's Journey for the Love of her Wooden Boat (Adlard Coles)
Anthony Cumming – In Action with Destroyers 1939–1945: The Wartime Memoirs of Commander J A J Dennis DSC RN (Pen & Sword Maritime)
J. David Davies – Kings of the Sea: Charles II, James II and the Royal Navy (Seaforth Publishing)
Steve Dunn – Bayly's War: The Battle for the Western Approaches in the First World War (Seaforth Publishing)
Bernard Edwards – Churchill's Thin Grey Line: British Merchant Ships at War 1939–1945 (Pen & Sword Maritime)
Barry Gough – Churchill and Fisher: Titans at the Admiralty (Seaforth Publishing)
Dik Gregory and Paul Shanahan – Being Human in Safety-Critical Organisations: How People Create Safety, What Stops Them and What to Do About It (TSO)
David Hobbs – The Royal Navy's Air Service in the Great War (Seaforth Publishing)
Gillian Hutchinson – Sir John Franklin's Erebus and Terror Expedition: Lost and Found (Adlard Coles)
Sam Jefferson – The Sea Devil: The Adventures of Count Felix von Luckner, the Last Raider under Sail (Osprey Publishing)
Sarah Kinkel – Disciplining the Empire: Politics, Governance, and the Rise of the British Navy (Harvard University Press)
Rod Macdonald – Dive Scapa Flow (Whittles Publishing)
Martin Mace – The Royal Navy at Dunkirk: Commanding Officers’ Accounts of British Warships in Action During Operation Dynamo (Frontline Books)
John McWilliams – British Motor Fishing Vessels (Amberley Publishing)
Jonathan North – Nelson at Naples: Revolution and Retribution in 1799 (Amberley Publishing)
Nicholas Rankin – Defending the Rock: How Gibraltar Defeated Hitler (Faber & Faber)
Samuel Robinson – Ocean Science and the British Cold War State (Palgrave Macmillan)
Rachel Slade – Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro (Ecco Press)
Robert C Stern – The Battleship Holiday: The Naval Treaties and Capital Ship Design (Seaforth Publishing)
Eric Thompson – On Her Majesty's Nuclear Service (Casemate Publishers)
Adam Weymouth – Kings of the Yukon: An Alaskan River Journey (Particular Books)
Rif Winfield and Stephen S Roberts – French Warships in the Age of Sail 1626–1786 (Seaforth Publishing)

MMA2018 Gosling Award Winner

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.


Nick Maddocks and Andy Attenburrow
Hull's Headscarf Heroes
Testimony Films (BBC Four)


Rachael Barnes
Saving Lives at Sea
Blast! Films (BBC Two)

Stephanie DeGroote
Sky Ocean Rescue: Dirty Business
Sky News (Sky Atlantic)

Baltasar Kormákur
STX Entertainment (Box office, Blu-ray, DVD and Digital HD)

Ben Laidlow
Dispatches: Secrets of Your Cruise
ITN Productions (Channel 4)

Giles Martin-Raget
Les Voiles de St Tropez
GMR+G1 (France)

Andy Richards
Britain Afloat
BBC English Regions (BBC One)

Rebecca Ricks
Fish Wars
Forces TV (Forces TV)

Will Rowson
The Channel: The World’s Busiest Waterway
Blast! Films (Channel 4)

Crispin Sadler
Drain the Sunken Pirate City
Mallinson Sadler Productions (National Geographic)

Chris Terrill
Britain's Biggest Warship
Uppercut Films / STV Productions (BBC Two)

MMA2018 First Sea Lords Award

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The 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.


The Mary Rose



Global Fishing Watch

Great British Oceans

Maritime Journal

Project Natick

Nautilus – What Have Seafarers Ever Done for Us?

The European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC)

The Great Plastic Pickup (Daily Mail)

The Lifeboat Station Project

The Royal Society: Future Ocean Resources

MMA2018 Fellowship Award Winner

The 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.


Sir David Attenborough

MMA2018 Fleet Award Winner

The 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.


HMS Duncan


Lifetime Achievement Award


Anthony Harvey