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2022 Photo Contest is Open for Submissions 📸

Here’s all you need to know

Spark the Whale
Maui, Hawaii © Burak Ayday

It’s the most wonderful time of the year … the annual Ocean Conservancy Photo Contest has arrived! Now is your chance to submit your pictures that capture the wonder, beauty and state of our ocean—and this year, we’re expanding our depth of field with more chances to win than ever before. Let’s dive in and see what’s new this year.

In addition to our $1,000 grand prize and four category prizes of $200 each, we are offering FIVE NEW chances for honorable mention wildcard winners to receive a prize of approximately $50-$175 value from Ocean Conservancy thanks to our corporate partners, Columbia and rockflowerpaper. That’s TEN chances to win! I can’t wait to see all the fin-credible images you have in store.

This year, our Photo Contest’s featured submission category is … Ocean Stories. This category casts a wide net—so you can think creatively about how you capture the stories of the inspirational people working in and relying on our ocean every day that make a difference for their local communities. Help us share these coastal community stories with photos that inspire cultural connection and mutual respect for the ocean and all sea life. Our other submission categories include these three: Human Impact, Marine Wildlife and Spectacular Seascapes.

I’m so pleased to introduce our esteemed panel of judges, featuring photography professionals and marine conservation adventurers from around the world: Sirachai “Shin” Arunrugstichai, Matthew Bagley, Daisy Gilardini and Esther Horvath. We are so grateful for their professional assistance in determining who will be the grand prize winner of our 2022 Photo Contest: the Judges’ Choice Award.

Photography is one of the most powerful tools we have, and we need your photos to help inspire action and create change. Don’t delay! Review the terms and conditions and frequently asked questions, and then submit your photos before our entry period shutters on June 12.

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