Ocean Conservancy Annual Photo Contest

What are the dates of the contest?

Contest submissions will be accepted Friday, June 19, 2020, through Friday, July 3, 2020 until 11:59:59 P.M. EDT. Public voting will occur Tuesday, July 7, 2020 through Friday, July 17, 2020 until 11:59:59 P.M. EDT. Winners will be notified by email and/or telephone before they are publicly announced the week of August 3, 2020.

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?

This year, we have four categories you can submit your photo to.

  • Coastlines & Seascapes: The ocean is not only what’s beneath the water, but the balance between sky, water and Earth.
  • Human Impact: Mankind’s impact on the sea cannot be ignored. This category is for photos that highlight the impact of the human race on our ocean—from marine debris and oil spills to cleanups and animal rescues.
  • Marine Wildlife: Ocean creatures great and small in their natural environment, the ocean.
  • Underwater Wonders: From coral reefs to shipwrecks, these photos will leave us in awe of the underwater world of the ocean.

 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.

Why do you ask for my address?

We require your mailing address so that we can send our winners their prizes. And if your image is selected for our 2022 calendar, we’ll mail you a copy.

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].