The 2016 Novice Canoe Building Challenge

Classic and Wooden Boat Festival, April 15-17 2016.

Classic and Wooden Boat Festival, April 15-17 2016.

The museum, in partnership with Drive Marine Services and The Institute of Industrial Arts Technology Education (IIATE), have joined together to host the inaugural Novice Canoe Building Challenge at the 2016 Classic & Wooden Boat Festival. The challenge requires teams of four high school students to construct a Bellinger Double Chine Canoe over three days at Festival. Brian Jones, Dave Giddings and the team from Drive Marine Services will be guiding the students through the construction process.

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#HoodsHarbour: April’s ‘People’s Choice’ winner

#HoodsHarbour competition entry winner

April’s #HoodsHarbour competition entry winning image and label from Myleah Bailey, currently on display
Photo: Nicole Cama, ANMM

I’m pleased to announce the first winner of the museum’s #HoodsHarbour People’s Choice competition for the month of April. Myleah Bailey from Victoria has chosen this photograph from the museum’s Samuel J Hood collection via our Flickr Commons photostream. It depicts crowds at Circular Quay, Sydney welcoming home the crew of HMAS Sydney II on 10 February 1941. The ship had left Australia 10 months previously for battle in the Mediterranean and relatives were keen to see their fathers, uncles, cousins, brothers, husbands, fiancées, boyfriends and friends again. Myleah told us why this was her favourite from the Hood collection, which now forms the basis for the photograph’s exhibition label:

The faces and fashions change, but be it 1941 or 2014 the heartfelt message, and title, of this image remains the same – ‘Welcome Home’.

Our winner told me she ‘was very surprised to receive it! I really enjoyed seeing the pictures in the exhibition and there were many beautiful ones displayed.’ Congratulations Myleah!

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Photography competition winners announced!

To celebrate the museum’s 20th anniversary on 29 November 2011, we launched a photographic competition inviting visitors to share their museum moments from the past 20 years.

We received some fantastic entries from visitors across Australia, including a number of photos from Endeavour‘s  current circumnavigation voyage. Below we feature the winning entries. Congratulations to Jacob, Sophie and Mitchell!

If you would like to view more of the entries, check out our Flickr page.

The winning photographs, along with a selection of other entries will feature in an upcoming issue of Australian Photography magazine and the next issue of Signals, the museum’s quarterly publication.

What’s your favourite photo? Tell us in the comments below or on Flickr, we’d love to know!

Winning entries

Overall best photograph and category winner of From your archives – photographs from 1991 – 1999

200 degree view of ANMM from Batavia by Jacob R NSW

Jacob R. (NSW) Taken: December 1999
200 Degrees Darling Harbour from Batavia’s Mainmast.

Category winner of New memories – Photographs from 2000 – 2012

Endeavour at full sail by Sophie M WA

Sophie M. (WA) Taken: 13 October 2011
This photo is of HMB Endeavour firing its canon in respect as it circled the Leeuwin on its ways into Fremantle Harbour.

Category winner of Kids only! – Photographs taken by children 16 years and younger

HMAS Vampire artillery by Mitchell K NSW

Mitchell K. (NSW) Taken: July 2011
A view of the artillery on HMAS Vampire.

Snapshot! Photography workshops at the Museum these holidays

The sun is shining, summer is in in full swing and the museum is abuzz with the sounds of play as some of our youngest visitors come out in force to enjoy the holiday programs!

The first of our Summer Youth workshops in photography was held this week and a few of the spectacular shots are included below.

A small band of enthusiastic snappers ventured out and around the museum to find inspiration in the harbour foreshore. Rust- marked pylons, bright orange life-savers bobbing in reflective waters, the blinding white and spectacular angles of the Cape Bowling Green Lighthouse; textures, patterns, traces and details framed in cropped and close up shots.

Participants used digital SLR cameras supplied by workshop facilitators Spitting Image Photography and learnt the basics of focus, aperture, and framing.  They then printed, framed and edited their best shots to take home.

Next week in our Advanced course participants will get to focus on mastering the full suite of manual modes on the camera to create even more stunning and professional images. They will also learn editing techniques in this intensive two day course on Tuesday 17 and Wednesday 18 January.

There are still limited places available for this exciting workshop. Book online today.

P.S And for all of those budding photographers, check out our Museum Moments photography competition. Major prize is a $4000 digital SLR! Closes 14 February.

Photograph of Cape Bowling Green lighthouse

Photographer: Chole

Close up photo of guns on HMAS Vampire

Photographer: Mitchell

Close up photo of ship portal

Photographer: Emily

Close up photo of tied rope

Photographer: Thea

Close up photo of HMAS Vampire

Photographer: Rebecca

Museum Moments photography competition

On 29 November, the museum will celebrate its 20th anniversary! As part of the celebrations we have launched a photography competition asking our visitors to share their museum moments with us from the past 20 years. We’ve received some great entries so far that you can check out on our Flickr stream.

There are great prizes up for grabs in each category:

1. Overall best photograph 
PRIZE: Digital SLR Canon 5D MK11 camera, valued at $4,000, and a subscription to Australian Photography magazine.

2. From your archives (photographs taken between 1991 – 2000)
PRIZE: $250 gift voucher to Teds Camera Store, a photographic session with the official museum photographer and a subscription to Australian Photography magazine.

3. New memories (photographs taken between 2000 – 2012)
PRIZE: $250 gift voucher to Teds Camera Store, a photographic session with the official museum photographer and a subscription to Australian Photography magazine.

On top of these great prizes a selection of the entries will feature in Australian Photography magazine next year, our museum magazine Signals and of course our Flickr stream!

Entry details and terms and conditions can be found on our website. Entries close 14 February 2012.

We look forward to receiving your museum moments!

P.S HMB Endeavour pics are eligible.

All in a day’s work – photography competition

Photograph your working day for a chance to win $2,500 in travel vouchers!

Recently the museum partnered with the All in a Day’s Work photography competition, that invites anyone who works on a remote or high risk job site to submit a photo that sums up their day. Photos from all industries are invited, but we are of course interested to see entries coming through that capture Australia’s contemporary maritime culture.

In this post, we’d like to share some photos from the museum, and also let you know how you can enter the competition.

The competition is open until 10 October and is an initiative of Wilh. Wilhelmsen Investments.

Unusual work is part of our day

 As an organisation which maintains and conserves one of the largest fleets of any museum in the world, the Australian National Maritime Museum manages risk on a daily basis. Along with our dedicated volunteers, our Fleet Services team look after the former Navy destroyer HMAS Vampire, the former Navy submarine HMAS Onslow and the full-scale replica of Captain Cook’s ship HMB Endeavour – currently circumnavigating Australia. From repairing the masts on a tall ship, to fine tuning the 12 cylinder diesel engine on a 1960s tugboat, the museum undertakes a range of jobs that are far from usual.
Furling on HMB Endeavour

HMB Endeavour voyage crew furling a sail. Photo: Australian National Maritime Museum

HMB Endeavour Hauling lines

HMB Endeavour voyage crew hauling lines. Photo: Australian National Maritime Museum.

Climbing aloft HMB Endeavour

HMB Endeavour voyage crew member climbing aloft. Photo: Australian National Maritime Museum

High risk photos are part of our collection

According to the museum’s curator Dr Stephen Gapps photographing workers in remote or high risk job sites is not new. “In the early twentieth century, photographers such as Sam Hood – armed with his Graf Reflex camera with a magnesium flash that sometimes exploded unexpectedly – captured workers around Sydney Harbour. Hood’s images of shipwrights, fitter and turners, stevedores and wharf labourers clambering over huge cranes or lifting heavy cargo, are part of an important and historic collection at the museum. They reflect a long tradition of photographing people all in a day’s work.”

Sam Hood ship launch

HMAS ALBATROSS under construction in 1928 at Cockatoo Island. Photographer Samuel J Hood. Australian National Maritime Museum Collection.

Sam Hood Diver

Diver being dressed for a dive from tug UNDINE in Sydney. Photographer Samuel J Hood. Australian National Maritime Museum Collection.

Sam Hood sacks

Wharf labourers loading wheat in one of the forward holds of the MV AOBASAB at Glebe Island, White Bay. Photographer Samuel J Hood. Australian National Maritime Museum Collection.

Meet the Judges

Judging the entries are three Australian National Maritime Museum staff:

Daina Fletcher (Senior Curator – Maritime Communities)
Daina has been at the museum since 1992. With a background in art history, her professional interests include the history of maritime painting and photography, and the relationship between community and national histories. She has responsibility for developing collections, exhibitions and programs capturing the working life of maritime Australia and how this has transformed communities across the country.

Dr Stephen Gapps (Curator – Environment, Industry & Shipping)
Stephen is an historian and museum curator responsible for the historic images of shipping and trade in the National Maritime Museum collection.

Andrew Frolows (Manager Photographic Services)
Andrew has worked at the museum for the past 15 years and has a diverse range of photographic experience including studio work, photography for museum exhibitions, and images documenting the working harbour.

How do I enter and what can I win?

Anyone, from any sector, can enter the competition. Simply upload photos of the most unusual or unexpected moments in your job for a chance to win $2,500 in travel vouchers. The first 50 entrants will receive a Big Ticket Family Pass to the Australian National Maritime Museum valued at $70 each.

You can enter online until 10 October 2011.

The winners will be announced at a special event in our newly renovated harbour-side function room YOTS on Thursday 20 October 2011.

All in a Day's Work                       Wilh Wilhelmsen Investments