One lucky schoolchild could be treating their class to a chartered boat trip as the winner of Belfast Harbour's biggest online competition.
The harbour is urging all 10 to 12 year old pupils to take a photograph or upload a 30-second video which features an interesting item or a product of their choice that could be linked back to Belfast Harbour.
The pupil with the best idea and who demonstrates the most creativity will win a specially-chartered boat trip around the harbour for their whole class, while one chosen from each county in Northern Ireland will receive a special #MyHarbour pack for themselves and their classmates.
The project aims to encourage a deeper understanding of its pivotal local economic role and the impact it has on our everyday lives.
Belfast Harbour is a major economic hub for the whole of Northern Ireland, handling 70% of all seaborne trade and 20% of maritime trade for the entire island of Ireland.
A vital gateway for essential raw materials including fuel, steel and cement, it also imports a huge range of consumer goods, including food, vegetables, clothes and electronic equipment.
In 2015 alone, Belfast Harbour handled 23 million tonnes of cargo.
Belfast Harbour’s Communications and Corporate Responsibility Manager, Jenni Barkley, said:“Belfast Harbour plays an essential role in Northern Ireland’s economy, which remains dependent on seaborne trade and drives an extraordinary impact on the lives of every household and business.
“With this innovative and exciting competition, we’re looking for talented young photographers and film makers from the Mid Ulster area to make their entries stand out from the crowd by using their best ideas to demonstrate how the harbour makes a big impact on their own daily lives.”
The #MyHarbour competition kicks off from Thursday 7th April and runs until Friday 10th June. For more information, visit www.belfast-harbour.co.uk/myharbourcompetition.
Jenni added: “From the clothes we wear, the food we eat or the games we play, the harbour packs a big punch in everyone’s life and we look forward to firing the imaginations of thousands of tech-savvy pupils aged 10 to 12 years. We can’t wait to see the entries.”
To help all children understand more about the type of goods it receives every day, Belfast Harbour has created an informative #MyHarbour factsheet which will be distributed free to schools across Northern Ireland. It will also be available online.