Keen amateur photographer Steve Taylor of Aldeburgh has won the Lifeboats category of the RNLI’s annual photographer of the year contest with a stunning shot capturing the Aldeburgh lifeboatmen setting off on a Sunday morning exercise.
Mr Taylor told the East Anglian Daily Times: “I took the photo during a Sunday morning training exercise, just off Aldeburgh from the cab of the tractor.
“As a shore helper at the time – and a keen amateur photographer – I wanted to capture as many dramatic shots as possible. It shows vividly some of the dramatic conditions that lifeboat volunteers venture out in, even when training.”
Mr Taylor, who is now himself part of Aldeburgh’s RNLI boat crew, triumphed over 15 others in the same category to win the award.
Eleanor Driscoll, RNLI film and image manager and head judge of the competition, said: “Steve won the Lifeboats category because of the sense of drama and jeopardy conveyed by his photo.
“When you look at it you really understand what it is like to be out there volunteering on a cold winter’s day. I also felt that it portrayed the RNLI’s values of selflessness and courage that are at the core of all our volunteers.”