Today, Wednesday 5 June, Associated British Ports (ABP) celebrates World Environment Day by revealing the three winners of its first ever Environmental Photography Competition.
Judged by renowned national press photographer, Matthew Writtle, the competition was open to all ABP employees and their families, attracting a wide range of entries from across its network of 21 ports as well as the marine consultancy, ABPmer.
First prize was scooped by Daniel Parker, an Application Developer based ABP’s Port of Hull, with a breath-taking shot of Hull at sunset. This was closely followed by Andrew Pearson, Marine Ecologist at ABPmer, Southampton in second and Rod Lewis, Harbour Master and Marine Manager, South Wales, in third place. A gallery of the winners and shortlisted entries can be viewed using this link.
Speaking about the competition and why the overall winner stood out, guest expert judge photographer Matt Writtle, said: “I was delighted to take part in the judging process for ABP’s Environmental Photography Competition this year. It was good to see so many strong entries but I think after careful consideration we have managed to pick a winning shot that will resonate with the public and raise awareness of the wealth of our marine environment.
“The winner really stood out. Aesthetically it was instant, but I was fascinated by the subtlety of how the shapes and lines of the industrial buildings merged in harmony with those of the coastline.”
Daniel Parker said “Working close to the river in Hull, I’m lucky to enjoy these views on a daily basis. However, on the day I took this, the conditions were perfect and everything just came together, with the sky and low tide casting beautiful reflections unlike anything I’d seen before. I’m absolutely ecstatic that my photo was chosen as the winner, and I would to thank everyone involved at ABP and Matt Writtle, as this is a huge accomplishment for me.”
As the UK's largest ports operator, ABP is committed to a programme of continuing investment to make its operations more sustainable and thus protect the environmental habitats surrounding its ports.
Commenting on the high levels of employee engagement sparked by the competition, Alan Tinline, ABP Head of Environment, said: “It was fantastic to see so many of our employees get involved in ABP’s Environmental Photography Competition and show us their unique perspectives on the natural habitats surrounding our ports and beyond.
“Protecting the environment is important to us and we thought that this year’s competition was a great way to encourage colleagues to get creative while also reflecting our values.”