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The Lifeboat: Courage on our Coasts

Courage on our Coasts

For nearly a decade, professional photographer and volunteer lifeboat crew member Nigel Millard has been capturing the spirit of the RNLI in his portraits and reportage-style photographs. 

This year, a new book of almost 500 of Nigel’s iconic images of RNLI life has been published. The Lifeboat: Courage on our Coasts offers an insight into the day-to-day work of the RNLI all around the UK and Ireland.

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Explore a selection of photos from The Lifeboat: Courage on our Coasts.

​Nigel first became involved with the RNLI in 1990 when he photographed the crew at Hoylake Lifeboat Station for a personal project, and quickly fell in love with the RNLI way of life. 

When Nigel moved to Devon in 2004, he jumped at the chance to continue working with the RNLI. He began joining the volunteer crew at his nearest lifeboat station, Torbay, on exercises and rescue missions more and more frequently. 

Today, he spends 2 or 3 weeks every month shooting for the RNLI at locations around the UK and Ireland and, when he is not on a shoot, he is a lifeboat crew member at Torbay. In 2010 Nigel was presented with a supporter award in recognition of his outstanding work for the RNLI. 

Nigel Millard shot

Voting is now open in the RNLI My Coast photo competition.

Nigel Millard challenged photographers around Britain and Ireland to capture what the coast means to them. We’ve had more than 100 entries, and Nigel’s chosen his top 10. Now, it’s up to you to choose the winner.

See the shortlist and vote for your favourite on our Facebook page.

Vote here

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The Lifeboat: Courage on our Coasts is published by Conway and retails at £25. It's available at RNLIshop.org, along with a range of other products inspired by Nigel's photographs – all RNLIshop profits come to the RNLI.

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