AN OUTDOOR exhibition showcasing striking photos of the lifesaving work in appalling weather of the Royal National Lifeboat Institution opens in Edinburgh on 4 January.
The display on Castle Street will feature images ranging from lifeboats battling fierce seas to candid portraits of the charity’s dedicated volunteer crew members, lifeguards and fundraisers.
The “Lifeboat: Courage on our Coasts” exhibition showcases more than 50 photographs taken by RNLI lifeboat crew member and award-winning professional photographer Nigel Millard, pictured below.
Mr Millard, who volunteers as a crew member at Torbay in Devon, visited RNLI lifeboat stations and lifeguard units around the UK and Ireland and joined crews on rescues.
The exhibition features several photographs from the RNLI in Scotland, including the lifeboat stations at Buckie, Barra in the Western Hebrides and Tobermory on the Isle of Mull.
Mr Millard says he hopes the images will give people a better understanding of the RNLI’s work. “My favourite photo is a casualty’s eye view,” he said. “I’ve been a man overboard on exercises – once in the water, you see nothing, then just a tiny bit of orange, and it’s not the sun, it’s a lifeboat.
“It epitomises the work I do, and the work of the RNLI.”