Almost grand slam for Sweden in the Nordic photo contest

“The pictures must catch the eye, move the heart and encourage reflection”. If you want to take a winning photo, that is what it needs to communicate, according to the jury.

On Friday the 12 in February 2021, it was time for the jury to announce the winners in the Nordic photo contest for seafarers. Denmark’s Sea Health & Welfare was the host and the jury consisted of Liselotte Rasmussen, photographer and art historian, and Morten Tinning, museum curator and PhD student at the Maritime Museum of Denmark in Helsingør.

The jury
The jury, Morten Tinning and Liselotte Rasmussen ready to look through the 75 entries in the Nordic Photo Contest for Seafarers 2020.

116 photographers participated in the competition with a total of 689 pictures. The national jury has selected 75 of them for further competition, in the Nordic contest. After about three hours, the jury was ready to reveal the winning photos. Place four to one were all Swedish contributions and the fifth place was taken by Finland. Jörgen Språng, chef on the motor tanker Bit Okland, laid hands on three of the prizes. The picture that made it to first place is called “Resting”, and here is what the jury had to say about it:

“The winning photo contains all the parts we searched for. The seafarer’s face and empty gaze reflect the human story. A silent moment at sea lost in thought. The picture makes you wonder – is he exhausted, thinking about his family or is he just staring at a stain on his shoe? The contrast between the red colour and dusty stained blue, and the combination of the straight and curved lines creates the perfect backdrop for the story in his facial expression.”

TEXT JOAKIM MALMBERG, SWEDISH SEAMEN'S SERVICE