Deadline: 30 April 2021

The UN World Oceans Day Photo Competition is hosted by the United Nations, curated by Ellen Cuylaerts and a jury composed of world-renowned individuals.

June 8th is “World Oceans Day”, recognizing that our oceans are essential to securing food and survival of all life on planet Earth. Oceans power our climate and are a critical part of the biosphere. Even when people all around the world are dealing with the unprecedented measures to suppress the COVID-19 pandemic, our oceans are still taking care of us!

World Oceans Day encourages you to make a difference in your life, in your community, and in the world by taking action to protect our ocean—for present and future generations. Despite the huge challenges facing the world’s oceans such as plastic pollution, overfishing and climate change, by working together we can achieve a healthier ocean that will provide for the billions of humans, plants and animals which depend on it every day.

Photography is a powerful medium to convey a feeling or a message. This open and free photo competition seeks to inspire the creation of imagery capturing the beauty, the challenges and the importance of the ocean and humankind’s relation to it, hoping to contribute to actions to preserve this vital resource.

The photo competition has six thematic categories open for submissions:

  1. NEWThe Ocean: Life & Livelihoods
  2. Above Water Seascapes
  3. Underwater Seascapes
  4. Digital Ocean Photo Art
  5. NEWFaces of the Sea
  6. NEWOceanic Discoveries


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