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£3,000 awarded for inspiring writing about plastic pollution

The winner of the first Brian Black Memorial Award has been announced.

An article by Sophie Dingwall of Polluted Paradise examining ocean plastic pollution and its devastating effects on Caribbean island communities was selected as the winning entry for the marine environmental journalism award.

The judges enjoyed her writing style and evocative photos which illustrated the crisis facing the people of the San Blas islands. Sophie was presented with her award - a cash prize of £2,000 and a donation of £1,000 to her chosen charity Surfers Against Sewage, as well as a trophy and commemorative handmade pen - at the Southampton Boat Show on 10 September 2021.

On winning the award, Sophie said: 'Submitting something so heartfelt was daunting but it was important to me to convey the right message, I’m honestly chuffed to have my story recognised and been given the opportunity to share it.'

There were four runners up in the competition: Jon Amtrup, Genevieve Leaper, Nicholas Hodgson and Sam Shrives.

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