Maritime Media Awards 2019 shortlist announced

The shortlist for the 24th annual Maritime Media Awards has been announced. Over 100 entries were submitted this year in the four publicly nominated Awards honouring the best in journalism, literature, filmmaking and digital innovation promoting Britain’s interests across the maritime sector and generating awareness of current maritime issues.

Richard Clayton, Chairman of the Awards Committee, praised the significant ambition of the shortlisted: “There is a wealth of enthusiasm and dedication for engagement in maritime issues and the Maritime Media Awards is unique in its remit to honour the very best of journalists, writers and filmmakers who help promote Britain’s interests across the maritime sector.

The Awards Committee congratulates all nominees for setting such a high standard in each category, and the task of selecting this year’s winners has been challenging but extremely encouraging.”

The winners of the Maritime Media Awards 2019 will be announced at a ceremony at Drapers’ Hall in London on Thursday, 31 October 2019, and tickets are available here.

The Maritime Media Awards 2019 Shortlist

The Desmond Wettern Award for Best Journalism

The Mountbatten Award for Best Book

  • Captain Jack Isbester – HARD DOWN! HARD DOWN!: The Life and Times of Captain John Isbester from Shetland (Whittles Publishing)
  • Nicholas Jellicoe – The Last Days of the High Seas Fleet: From Mutiny to Scapa Flow (Pen & Sword Books)
  • Angus Konstam – The Pirate World: A History of the Most Notorious Sea Robbers (Osprey Publishing)
  • Peter Moore – Endeavour: The Ship and the Attitude that Changed the World (Vintage/Penguin)
  • Anthony Richards – The Lusitania Sinking: Eyewitness Accounts from Survivors (Pen & Sword Books)
  • Jim Ring – How the Navy Won the War: The Real Instrument of Victory 1914–1918 (Pen & Sword Books)
  • Rachel Slade – Into the Raging Sea: Thirty-Three Mariners, One Megastorm, and the Sinking of El Faro (Harper Collins)
  • Craig L Symonds – World War II at Sea: A Global History (Oxford University Press)
  • Christina Thompson – Sea People: In Search of the Ancient Navigators of the Pacific (Harper Collins)
  • Ian Urbina – The Outlaw Ocean (Penguin Random House)

The Donald Gosling Award for Best Television or Film Production

  • Ian Duncan and Fred Hepburn
    Great British Ships
    Windfall Films (Channel 5)
  • Sean McGuire
    Captain Jack and the Furious Few
    Below the Radar (BBC Four)
  • Crispin Sadler
    Drain the Oceans
    Mallinson Sadler (National Geographic)

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

Other Awards to be announced at the ceremony include the Desmond Wettern Fleet Award which 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 and the Maritime Fellowship Award for an individual who has made a truly outstanding contribution to stimulating public engagement in maritime issues.

You can secure your place at Drapers’ Hall here

You can find a full list of nominations here

Notes to editors

  • The Maritime Media Awards Dinner will be held at Drapers’ Hall, London, EC2N 2AN on Thursday, 31 October 2019. Reservations can be made online at The inclusive cost of the reception and dinner including wines is £110. Payment can be made either by card, cheque or bank transfer.
  • The Maritime Foundation’s purpose is to promote Britain’s interests across the entire maritime sector and to inform and raise public and parliamentary awareness of the importance of Britain’s maritime industries, commerce and defence through education, training and research projects.
  • The Maritime Foundation established the Maritime Media Awards in 1995 in memory of Desmond Wettern, former naval correspondent of the Daily Telegraph.
  • Details of past winners can be found at

For further information about the Maritime Foundation please visit

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