Nominations for the 27th annual Maritime Media Awards were announced on Wednesday.
The Maritime Media Awards celebrates Journalists, Authors, Filmmakers and Digital Creators who raise awareness and focus on the issues across all sectors of the maritime industries
The announcement was delayed following the death in October of the Maritime Foundation’s Honorary Secretary, Anthony Harvey, who will be remembered at a Memorial Service in London on Thursday, 9th February 2023 at All Hallows by the Tower.
Journalists up for the Desmond Wettern Award for Best Journalism include Shashank Joshi, Defence Editor at The Economist, Reuters’ Senior Correspondent, Jonathan Saul and Elizabeth Kolbert, Staff Writer at The New Yorker.
BBC Two leads the nominations in the Donald Gosling Award for Best Television or Film Production with Monty Hall’s series Commando: Britain’s Ocean Warriors from Seadog Productions and for Why Ships Crash, a documentary from Windfall Films on the blockage of the Suez Canal by the Ever Given in March 2021. Channel 5 and October Films’ Lighthouses: Building the Impossible presented by Rob Bell is also up for the Film and TV award.
Saul David’s SBS: Silent Warriors – The Authorised Wartime History, Alysha Rooks’ The Black Joke: The True Story of One British Ship’s Battle Against the Slave Trade, and Chris Terrill’s How to Build an Aircraft Carrier: The Incredible Story of the Men and Women Who Brought Britain’s Biggest Warship to Life are up against almost 60 nominations for the Mountbatten Award for Best Book.
Nominations for the First Sea Lord’s Award for Best Use of Digital Media sponsored by Babcock International include Iain Ballantyne’s Bismarck Battle, an online resource supporting a documentary and book, Endurance22, The Hunt For Shackleton’s Lost Ice Ship in association with the Falklands Maritime Heritage Trust, and Dr Sam Willis’ The Mariner’s Mirror Podcast from the Society of Nautical Research and supported by the Lloyds Register Foundation.
Further announcements will be made to reveal the shortlist and winners of the Maritime Media Awards 2022.
Other Awards to be announced 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.