It’s that time of the year again for Maritime Films UK – the Maritime Media Awards. These are given by the Maritime Foundation, our parent organisation. The Foundation exists to promote the vital importance of the sea. Important? Vital, more like. Because with 95% by volume of all we need coming here by sea – fuel, gas, foodstuffs, cars, clothes, electronics, machine tools – the list just goes on – our dependence on the sea is greater than ever. The Awards recognise those who’ve done the most in journalism, books, TV, film and digital media, to get this across. That is Ian Urbina, winner of this year’s Desmond Wettern Award, for his exclusive and hard-hitting series in the ‘New York Times’ on criminality at sea. Sadly, there’s a lot for Ian to report. MFUK’s keynote film was called ‘Shescape’. ????