The Naval Review has awarded prizes for many years to encourage novel thought and to exercise skills at getting messages across (especially articles from those busy individuals still serving). Over the years we have refined the adjudication process. For those more open categories (ie awards not linked to specific courses) each qualifying article published in the Review’s journal are judged by a selection panel against four criteria: style, clarity, originality of thought and strategic implications (the ‘so what?’ facet of any article).
The Prizes for 2021 are awarded as follows:
A cash prize (£250) awarded to the author (Lieutenant and below) of the best article published in the NR.
The winner for 2021 is Lieutenant Alex Steeples RN for her article Maritime Security in the Gulf of Guinea. (Published in NR109/3 p331).
A cash prize (£250) awarded to one student enrolled at Kingston University for his/her academic paper on a topic relevant to their PWO training or career.
The winner for 2021 is Lieutenant Commander Tuijo Thompson RNZN for his article Culture Development Management in the RNZN. (Published in NR110/1).
Jointly sponsored by the NR and Ultra Electronics the award is for a junior officer to undertake a study period with the Royal Australian Navy. This award involves funded travel to, and around, Australia in order to visit defence establishments over four to six working weeks and requires the award winner to produce a short, focused academic paper to be published in the NR journal.
Regrettably, pandemic related travel restrictions have caused this award to be cancelled now on two occasions. It is hoped the competition might be reopened come the autumn of 2022. Details will be promulgated in due course.
A cash prize (£500) awarded to the officer of the RN, RNR, RM, RMR, RFA or officer cadet at BRNC or CTCRM who writes the best essay on the shared history of the Royal Navy and the United States Navy.
The winner for 2021 is ‘Historicus’ (a serving Commander RN) for his article America Unfaithful? (Published in NR109/4 p491).
A cash prize (£500) awarded to the officer of the RN, RNR, RM, RMR, RFA or officer cadet at BRNC or CTCRM who writes the best essay on Royal Navy/United States Navy cooperation in the 21st Century.
The winner for 2021 is Lieutenant Commander Oliver Clark RN for his series of articles From our Own Correspondent. (Published in NR 109/3 p290, NR109/4 p436 and in NR110/1).
A cash prize (£500) is open to serving personnel of any age in the Royal Naval Reserve (RNR), Royal Marines Reserve (RMR), University Royal Naval Units (URNU). The aim of the prize is to encourage Reservists to submit articles about maritime and geo-strategic affairs, the roles of reserves in military and naval operations, and matters in their civilian employment from which the service could usefully learn.
The winner for 2021 is Able Seaman James Monroe RNR for his article The Arctic: A New Cold War? (Published in NR109/4 p478).
Awarded termly (£100 cash prize) for the best maritime studies paper submitted by a BRNC cadet.
The inaugural winner of this new prize was Midshipman Matthew Brunyee RN for his essay The Royal Navy’s Success in the ‘Long 18th Century’ (1688–1815). (Published in NR109/4 p512).
Open to all members, a cash prize (£150) for the best debut article published in 2021:
The winner for 2021 is Commander Simon Boon RN for his article Security & Climate Change. (Published in NR109/2 p204)
Open to all contributors, a cash prize (£150) for the most original article or series of articles published in 2021:
The winner for 2021 is Commander Rebecca Warren RN for her article Embracing Neurodiversity: Gaining a Vital Competitive Edge. (Published in NR109/2 p231).