Chichester charity exhibit is a world first underwater

THE world’s first photography exhibition underwater, ‘Celebrations of the Sea’, has been created on behalf of Chichester’s Shipwrecked Mariners Society.

This unique national exhibition was displayed in living aquariums in Sea Life Centres across the UK, and featured celebrities and those whose lives are connected with the sea photographed carrying out their roles underwater.

It was devised by Yorkshire-based leading PR agency Acceleris, which is celebrating after winning the Not for Profit Campaign of the Year category of the inaugural Public Relations Consultancy Association (PRCA) Golden Hedgehog Awards.

Celebrities and personalities including TV historian Dan Snow, TV chef Mitch Tonks, Countryfile presenter Ellie Harrison, world champion cliff diver Gary Hunt, UK surfing champion Tassy Swallow, along with one of the society’s skill and gallantry award recipients, helicopter winchman Dian Lacey, all featured in the exhibition, which was designed to showcase Britain’s reliance on the sea.

Louise Vaughan, of Acceleris, said: “This award is testament to the hard work, imagination and commitment of our team and we are very proud to have our campaign recognised nationally.”

Malcolm Williams, of the Shipwrecked Mariners Society, said: “We appreciate all Acceleris’ efforts in pulling together this fantastic initiative over many months and it was worth it. The publicity generated has gone a long way to raising the Society’s profile with our current supporters and has been instrumental in encouraging new ones.”