A minion and a tiny toy lorry - winners in our beach litter photo competition

Jack Versiani Holt By: Jack Versiani Holt
Date posted: 12 October 2017

During this year’s Great British Beach Clean event, we threw down the gauntlet to our volunteer beach cleaners to come up with some fantastic pictures of their weird finds.

The Waitrose/MCS photo competition ran throughout the Great British Beach Clean weekend on Twitter – and there were some fabulous entries. But the winners have finally been chosen and we think they’re great!

The Best Photo was taken by Mica Lam at the Cold Knap beachclean in Barry on the 17th September. A tiny minion scaling the pebbles – is he going towards the sea or coming out of it? We’ll never know! Minions by the way are the small, yellow, goggled creatures from the ‘Despicable Me’ movie franchise. They get everywhere in the films and now it seems they’re on our beaches! Probably a favourite lost toy of child somewhere. Which makes it a picture with a bit of a back story – well done Mica.

The Best Find photo was taken by John Simpson. John is an MCS Sea Champion who was at the South Queensferry Esplanade beachclean, on the 17th September. A tiny toy lorry struggling through the sand. A fitting find because we know that every minute, one garbage truck of plastic is dumped into our oceans. Nice one John.

Congratulations to both Mica and John who both receive Waitrose vouchers, and thanks to everyone who took the time to post their photos on Twitter. The competition may be over but don’t forget to post any pictures of strange things you find when you’re out on the beach, either cleaning up as one of our volunteers or just taking a stroll.

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Actions you can take

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