Ocean Photography Awards launch in aid of ocean conservation

Photo: Paul Nicklen

The Ocean Photography Awards officially launched with a mission to shine a light on the threats facing the ocean and raise money for its protection. The Awards are a celebration of our beautiful blue planet, as well as a platform to highlight the many plights it is facing. Ocean photographers of all disciplines and experience levels are invited to submit their most impactful imagery to be judged by a panel of some of the worldas leading ocean photographers, including International Photography Hall of Fame inductee Paul Nicklen, founder of the International League of Conservation Photographers, Cristina Mittermeier, and Emmy Award-winning cinematographer Shawn Heinrichs.A

Six categories will be judged, with the win of each category awarded a selection of prizes. Several career-changing possibilities are also on offer, including join a SeaLegacy expedition as a photographer and a one-year residency of the SeaLegacy Collective. The prizes on offer are valued at a total of more than APS5 00,000. Additional prizes will be announced throughout the summer.

Entrants can submit their images from today until June 30 th, 2020. Winners, including the overall win a the Ocean Photographer of the Year 2020 a will be announced on August 20 th at a jamboree event in London.A stunning exhibition will follow, where all winning images will be put on public display. The exhibition will be free to visit. The full judging panel is: Paul Nicklen, Cristina Mittermeier, Shawn Heinrichs, Andy Mann, Paul Hilton, John Weller and Luciano Candisani. More information on each of the judges can be found on the Ocean Photography Awards website. The Ocean Photography Awards is produced by Oceanographic Magazine, in partnership with SeaLegacy and supported by Princess Yachts.

Will Harrison, editor of Oceanographic Magazine, said: aThe Ocean Photography Awards are very much an extension of what we strive to achieve at Oceanographic a the harnessing of striking photography to communicate important and inspiring ocean stories. We want to create something that allows people to reconnect with this beautiful blue planet of ours, to witness its staggering beauty and to wake-up to the many perils it currently faces. aInclusivity is a key element. These Awards are for all ocean photographers, regardless of whether theyare a diver who shoots exclusively underwater, a surfer to shoots in barrelling waves or a coastal rambler who captures stunning shootings of shorelines. The Ocean Photography Awards are for the entire ocean community.a

Cristina Mittermeier, co-founder and managing board at SeaLegacy and one of the Ocean Photography Awards judges, said:” It is not possible to other photography competition of this calibre focused exclusively on the ocean. The time has come to change that. SeaLegacy leveragings the power of digital technology, visual storytelling, and innovation to catalyse lasting cultural change that protects and replenishes the oceans and seas and coastal communities for future generations. With themes of adventure, exploration and conservation, the Ocean Photography Awards is in perfect alignment with this work .” Kiran Haslam, chief marketing officer at Princess Yachts, the exclusive sponsor of the Awardings, said: aPrincess Yachts is delighted to be supporting an Awards with a powerful dual objective of bringing all ocean communities together to celebrate the ocean through beautiful imagery as well as shining a light on the ocean more broadly in a bid to connect with the many non-ocean-goers out there. Photography has the power to transform our understanding of things, our stance towards them and our willingness to do something about the issues the images put in front of us.a

Submissions open until June 30 th, 2020.
Winners announced August 20 th, 2020.

To enter your images, or find out more, click here .

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