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Competition | World Oceans Day 2023 Photo Competition

Competition | World Oceans Day 2023 Photo Competition

Cover image © Nur Tucker

"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."

The 10th annual World Ocean's Day Photo Competition, presented by Dive Photo Guide, is officially underway. Entrants will have until April 28, 2023 at 12 midnight EST to submit their work for contest. 

This prestigious photo competition, honoring World Oceans Day, seeks to highlight not only beautiful underwater imagery but good ocean stewardship too. Recognized every June 8th since 2008, World Oceans Day is an internationally observed day dedicated to the collaborative conservation of the ocean. Photographers with a passion for climate justice and ocean health will find this contest especially rewarding.

World Oceans Day Photo Competition is free and open photo competition with six categories for submission. While there's no monetary prize winners will be recognized at the United Nations on June 8th, garnering international exposure both through the event and through subsequent media releases.

"The 10th anniversary of the UN World Oceans Day Photo Competition should be a celebration of thought-provoking ocean imagery, a visual showcase of ocean challenges viewed through your lens. This year’s six categories represent pillars of the 2023 UN World Oceans Day Theme, ‘Planet Ocean: Tides Are Changing.’" - Ellen Cuylaerts


Submit Your Work

Make waves as a winner of the 10th annual World Oceans Day Photo Competition: read the Rules and Regulations, including the Character of Ethics, then Submit Your Work

grant thomas award winning photos

Use our resources below for guidance on choosing the best image to stand out from the pack.
Image: "Papuan Sunset" © Grant Thomas

Ikelite's Tips for Entering a Photo Contest

Think you've got what it takes but wish you had just a little more guidance? Check out our photo competition articles: Tips on Entering a Photo Contest and Photo Contest Tips from a 100x Winner


Additional Reading

Tips on Entering a Photo Contest

Photo Contest Tips From a 100x Winner

Behind the Shots: Ocean Art 2022 Winners

Behind the Shot: I Shot a Fish in a Barrel and Won

The Greatest Classroom on Earth: Teaching Underwater Photography in South Africa

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