University of Portsmouth students win vouchers for poster competition

(l-r) Syd Henderson and three competition winners, Matthew Willmott, Mark Beeston and Scott Coates. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (141735-617)
(l-r) Syd Henderson and three competition winners, Matthew Willmott, Mark Beeston and Scott Coates. ''Picture: Allan Hutchings (141735-617)
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THE aim was to improve awareness of marine conservation and find out what lives in the English Channel.

And three winners of a poster design competition have achieved just that.

DFDS Seaways worked with the University of Portsmouth to come up with the competition, which had three categories.

The Most Innovative category was won by Scott Coates, who is due to graduate in graphic design.

The 22-year-old said: ‘I came up with the idea of having a telly screen as it plays on the channel link.

‘Then you can have different sealife featured with an explanation below.

‘I was really pleased to have won.’

The Greatest Visual Impact category was won by Matthew Willmott, who is due to graduate in marketing.

The 22-year-old came up with a striking image of a skyline populated by tall buildings.

Then beneath there was a mirror image of coral and sealife below to indicate there is more to the planet than humans.

Both students won a £500 book voucher.

The final and overall winner was Mark Beeston, who was in the Clarity and Accuracy of Marine Ecology category.

As well as the voucher, he will also be taking part in a dolphin survey with Marinelife in September this year.

His poster carries a guide of what sealife can be seen from a ferry travelling in the Channel.

He said: ‘There is so much out at sea to see and I wanted a poster to highlight that.

‘It’s something children can look at and be encouraged to look for the sealife.

‘I’m pleased with the prizes and will help me.

‘I can’t wait to take part in the dolphin survey.’

Mark has finished a foundation course in Sparshalt and will be starting at the University of Portsmouth in September to read marine biology.

Syd Henderson, DFDS Seaways campaign manager, said: ‘The posters are eye-catching and informative, and we would like to run this competition again.’

The posters will be put up on DFDS Seaways ferries.

The university has agreed to launch the contest again.