Ocean Conservancy Annual Photo Contest

What are the dates of the contest?

Contest submissions will be accepted Wednesday, May 26, 2021, through Sunday, June 13, 2021 until 11:59:59 P.M. EDT. Public voting will occur Monday, June 14, 2021 through Friday, June 18, 2021 until 11:59:59 P.M. EDT. Winners will be notified by email and/or telephone before they are publicly announced the week of June 28, 2021.

How do I submit a photo to the contest?

Before entering, make sure you have your photos ready to go! Ensure your images are between 1-10 MB at 300 dpi. Rename your files with your first and last name and image title (Ex. Jane_Doe_BeachSunrise). Submit your photo through our submission portal.

Can I enter more than one photo in the contest?

Yes. You are free to enter as many photos as you would like. Each photo submission will require a new submission form. However, please keep in mind that you cannot combine votes from multiple entries/photos. The total vote count is associated with each photo—not each email address or account.

What are this year’s categories?

  • Coastlines and Seascapes: From coral reefs to sensational sunsets, these photos leave us in awe of our ocean.
  • Human Impact: Our actions impact our ocean in both negative and positive ways. From rescue efforts and cleanups to marine pollution and oil spills, these photos inspire individuals to take action for our ocean.
  • Marine Wildlife: Ocean creatures great and small in their natural environment, the ocean.
  • Up Close & Personal: Some of our favorite ocean plants and animals are so teeny-tiny, they just can’t be seen with the naked eye. These macro photography shots help us appreciate the smallest of our ocean friends.

What are the prizes?

  • The first prize winner—the Judge’s Choice—will receive a cash prize of $500 and a weighted blanket from Bearaby. Bearaby’s chunky-knit Cotton Napper ($249) is a buttery soft, breathable, knitted weighted blanket made from long-staple GOTS-certified organic cotton. The Judge’s Choice winner will also be featured in the 2023 Ocean Conservancy Calendar and featured on Ocean Conservancy’s blog, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts.
  • The four category winners will each receive a cash prize of $150 and be featured on Ocean Conservancy’s blog, Facebook, Instagram and Twitter accounts.
  • Every photo entered has a chance to be featured in Ocean Conservancy’s 2023 Calendar. Only the Judge’s Choice winner is guaranteed a spot in the 2023 calendar.

How old do I have to be to enter/participate in the contest?

The contest is open to everyone. However, if you are 18 years old or younger, you may participate in the contest only with the permission and assistance of your parent(s) or guardian(s). There may be restrictions on which prizes someone who is under 18 years of age can win. Review our terms and conditions for additional details.

Can I enter even though I do not live in the United States?

Yes. Non-U.S. citizens and non-U.S. residents can enter the contest. However, there are restrictions on which prizes non-U.S. residents are eligible to win. Review our terms and conditions for additional details.

Do I have to pay or donate to enter the contest?

No. You do not have to pay or donate to enter the contest—submitting your photos and participating in our voting rounds are free.

How often may I vote?

Voting is limited to one vote per person per day, as determined by your IP address.

How do you select the winners?

One winner will be selected from each of the four categories by a public vote. The photograph with the highest total votes in each category wins. Share your entry with your family and friends and encourage them to vote for your photograph to increase your chances of winning.

The winner of the Judges’ Choice will be determined by a panel of judges. The photograph that receives the highest average score will receive the Judges’ Choice Award. You do not need to collect votes to win the Judges’ Choice Category.

Can I enter the contest through the mail, or by emailing you a photograph?

No, the only way to enter the photo contest is through the online process at oceanconservancy.org/photocontest. If you do not have any digital images of your photo you can use a scan of a printed photo (saved as a “jpeg”) to upload when entering the contest.

Which kinds of photos are eligible for the contest?

Photos containing imagery inconsistent with the programs and policies of Ocean Conservancy will be deemed ineligible. If your entry is deemed ineligible, it will be disqualified, removed from the contest website and you will be notified by email. The subject matter of the photograph submission must consist of marine wildlife or marine habitats and must be photographed in a natural setting. Shots of aquariums, pools or other captive locations will not be accepted. Photographs of divers touching or stressing marine wildlife will not be accepted. Review our terms and conditions for additional details.

How do I contact you if I have trouble submitting my photo or questions during the process?

You can email us if you have any trouble at [email protected].

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