Chris Ellis was one of the founders of the Ocean Youth Club in 1960.
He left a fund to help crew members aged under 25 who have enjoyed sailing with us and would like to be able to afford to sail again the following year.
In order to enter, you need to produce a piece of work based on a voyage with the Ocean Youth Trust. This can be a logbook, a diary, a picture, a story, a poem, a collage, a piece of computer art – whatever you like. Entries should be emailed to email@example.com, or posted to the office (mark the outside of the envelope "Chris Ellis Award entry"). Please also tell us your age and, if it isn't already clear from your entry, which voyage you sailed on.
The closing date for entries is Christmas each year. Judging is done by Chris Ellis's widow and daughter, who are always delighted to see how the project that Chris started continues to inspire young people down the years.
OYT South can award up to £200 (to one entrant, or split between two or three individuals) in the form of a discount off a future voyage.
The Chris Ellis Fund can reward effort as well as achievement, so crew members with a physical or learning difficulty stand just as much chance of winning as anyone else, if you send in something that is all your own work.
We look forward each year to seeing what crew members can produce!
2015 Chris Ellis Award winner: Parice Smith (14), who made a lively Powerpoint presentation about her voyage early in the season when she was aged 13.
2014 Chris Ellis Award winner: Emmeran Carl (16), whose colourful account of a voyage can be read here.
2013 Chris Ellis award winner: Ellesha Meadow Sams (14), with a highly commended second prize to Liam Portrey (16). You can see their entries here.
2012 Chris Ellis Award winners: Katie and Hannah Hillier for this amazing video.
2011 Chris Ellis Award winner: Jack Trevail - a painting inspired by the Tall Ships fleet last summer. Highly commended: Robbie James (pdf) - a poem for Wilt Hangs, John Laing's spider plant. Wilt has lived in a pot hanging from the saloon ceiling for many years.