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New Global Photography Competition Raises Awareness of Container Shipping

July 30, 2008, London -- The Container Shipping Information Service (CSIS) has launched a worldwide photography competition to encourage people to think about the huge impact container shipping has on their lives.

Entitled 'The box that changed our lives' and aimed at amateur or 'have-a-go' photographers, the competition will run throughout August and September. It will generate awareness of the enormous benefit - usually unrecognised - that container shipping has on our lives.

Last year alone, the equivalent of about 141 million twenty-foot containers moved around the oceans loaded with goods such as fresh fruit, clothing, or sports articles. Container shipping affects every single one of us and this competition is designed to make people think about that.

To enter the competition, applicants will email their pictures to These pictures can be of unusual or innovative ways of using containers, such as community centres and housing, or simply images of the containers in transit onboard a ship or lorry. All entries will be considered and the ten best images each week will be published on the CSIS website,

The overall best entry will be picked by a panel of judges, including US based professional photographer Nick Souza, and awarded the winning prize of a top-of-the-range SLR digital camera. The two runners-up will also receive digital cameras.

Nick Souza said: "This is a great opportunity for individuals with an interest in photography to get involved and try out their skills. Having photographed the maritime sector for some 13 years, I know that as a global industry, container shipping can produce some amazing visuals.

"What’s particularly special about this competition is that because of the widespread use of containers, the perfect shot could be just around the corner. It's likely to be the simplest of shots, but one that captures the positive impact that a container can have that wins the competition."

Closing date for entries is Friday September 12th 2008. For further details and full terms and conditions of the competition, please visit

Terms & Conditions of Container Shipping Information Service photo contest

Photos have to contain a visual reference to either the container or to the impact that the container has on their lives. All photos within this frame of the contest are very welcome.

Participation is not conditional upon any purchase.

Submissions are due by Friday 12 September, 2008

Results will be announced on 19 September, 2008

Prizes will be sent within two weeks after the announcement to the address provided at the time of submission.

Admission is for everybody except employees of Container Shipping Information Service (CSIS) member lines – listed below.

APL/Neptune Orient Lines Ltd Atlantic Container Line AB China Shipping (Group) Company CMA-CGM Group Crowley Maritime Corporation CSAV (Compania Sud-Americana de Vapores S.A.) Evergreen Marine Corp Hamburg Sudamerikanische Dampfschiffahrtsgesellschaft KG Hanjin Shipping Co. Ltd. Hapag-Lloyd AG Hyundai Merchant Marine Co., Ltd. Kawasaki Kisen Kaisha Maersk Line Malaysia International Shipping Corporation (MISC) Mediterranean Shipping Co. S.A. (MSC) Mitsui O.S.K. Lines Nippon Yusen Kabushiki Kaisha (NYK) Orient Overseas Container Line Ltd (OOCL) Pacific International Lines (Pte) Ltd United Arab Shipping Co (SAG) Wan Hai Lines Ltd Yang Ming Marine Transport Corp. Zim Integrated Shipping Service Ltd.

All photos entered will be evaluated by a panel of judges representing CSIS members as well as Nick Souza, professional photographer. Judges will select the photos that strike them most for whatever reason. One of the judges will be externally selected to audit the competition.

The photo must unconditionally be taken by you and not originating from another source. It is not allowed to participate in the competition with digitally manipulated images or drawings. The contest is about photography, not about expertise with graphical applications. This does not apply to photographic techniques contained within a camera's abilities (i.e. a manual shutter release used at night to capture fireworks or moving traffic).

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