There were two essay categories – under 12s writing up to 250 words related to the shipping industry or the movement of goods by ship, and the 12-18 year old category writing up to 500 words.
Beth Carter (Essay Comp 12 to 18 Winner)
Abi Wells (Essay Comp 12 to 18 Runner Up)
10 year old Ruby Smith from Sanford Primary School won the under 12 category with an impressive and factually descriptive piece about container ships.
16 year old Lydia Pallot from Peter Symonds College in Winchester won the 12-18 year old category with a beautifully written piece about the industry’s fundamental role in fuelling our economy. The A-level Geography student and budding blogger hopes to one day become a writer, and prior to receiving her award said, “It’s very exciting to be here amongst so many inspiring industry professionals. When I heard about the competition I thought it would be a great opportunity for me to challenge my writing skills and learn more about shipping. The competition has definitely broadened my understanding of the industry.”
The judging panel included the likes of Rose George, renowned British author and journalist, Guy Platten, CEO of the UK Chamber of Shipping, EBP Kent, Solent EBP and Lloyds List – who published the winning articles.