Ocean Conservancy Annual Photo Contest

Meet our 2022 Ocean Conservancy Photo Contest judges! This year’s expert panel of judges features photography professionals and marine adventurers from around the globe, reviewing your images to help us determine who will be the grand prize winner of our 2022 Photo Contest: the Judges’ Choice Award.

Shin Arunrugstichai

Shin Arunrugstichai

Sirachai “Shin” Arunrugstichai is a Thai photojournalist and marine biologist, specializing in marine conservation stories. He is an Associate Fellow of the International League of Conservation Photographers and a National Geographic Explorer. His coverages have been published in National Geographic, Smithsonian, the Washington Post, the New York Times and the Guardian among others. And when he is not fortunate enough to be photographing in the field, Shin often collaborates on shark and ray research in the waters of Southeast Asia, where he calls home.

Instagram: @shinalodon

Website: https://www.shinsphoto.com/

Matt Bagley

Matthew Bagley

From a small fishing village off the southeast tip of Australia, Bagley spends his time free diving in the cold southern ocean, capturing unique underwater moments. On only a single breath, Bagley dives down following light paths, camera in one hand and torch in the other. He illuminates instances that captivate us and inspires one to feel a connection between mankind and the natural world.

After studying Applied Design, Visual Communications and User Experience Design, he has worked as a Creative Director and for the last twelve years, he has actively searched to work with companies that are pushing to make a positive change in the world. This passion for change combined with his design background pushes his photography style, where he continues to capture deeply emotive images.

As a photographer, Bagley searches for a connection with nature, not just to document these instances but to share these experiences and bring awareness to others in the hope we can create a world where we can learn to live alongside nature and find a balance so we can all thrive together on this planet. Feeling strongly about the environment and the future of our oceans, his images act as a reminder of what we stand to lose if we do not protect what we love.  

In 2021, Bagley released his work for exhibitions and awards and since then they have been displayed in Milan, Monaco, Berlin, Moscow, New York and London.

Instagram: @petrichor.mb

Website: www.petrichormb.com

Daisy Gilardini

Daisy Gilardini

Daisy Gilardini is a conservation photographer who specializes in the Polar Regions, with a particular emphasis on Antarctic wildlife and North American bears. She is from Switzerland originally, and is now based in Vancouver, Canada.

She fell in love with Antarctica during her first trip there in 1997. She has since devoted most of her time to photographing the Polar Regions. In 21 years of polar exploration, she has joined more than 90 expeditions to Antarctica and the Arctic. Among her accomplishments, she has skied the final degree to the North Pole.

She is a member of the International League of Conservation Photographers (ILCP) and the SeaLegacy Collective, a fellow of the New York-based Explorers Club, and  member of the Royal Canadian Geographical Society.

She represents a number of prominent, industry-leading brands in the photography field. She is an Ambassador for the following companies Nikon (Switzerland), Gitzo, Lowepro, Eizo, SanDisk and WesternDigital.

Daisy’s images have been published internationally in leading magazines such as National Geographic, BBC Wildlife, Canadian Geographic, Nature’s Best and Outdoor Photography. Her images have also been used by high-profile NGOs such as Greenpeace and the World Wildlife Fund, among others. Since 2018, she has been a photographer in residence with Canadian Geographic and she has been nominated as a Greenpeace Antarctic Ambassador.

Her work has been recognized by some of the world’s most prestigious photography awards, including BBC Wildlife Photographer of the Year, Travel Photography of the Year and the Nature’s Best Windland Smith Rice International Awards.

Her childhood passion for the natural world has evolved into a lifelong commitment to spread the message of conservation and the need to preserve what’s left of the world’s remaining wild places.

Instagram: @daisygilardini

Facebook: @daisy.gilardini 

Website: https://www.daisygilardini.com/

Esther Horvath

Esther Horvath

Esther Horvath is a documentary photographer, fellow at the International League of Conservation Photographers, member of The Explorers Club and a science photographer for Alfred Wegener Institute in Germany.

Since 2015, Esther has dedicated her photography to the polar regions. She wants to show the full research story behind our climate data. She follows the work of multiple science groups that are working to better understand the changing polar regions. By documenting the work and life of scientists who deliver important data, Esther hopes to help make a difference in how people understand what is actually occurring in the polar regions and, in collaboration with scientists, help raise public awareness regarding these fragile environments.

Since the first polar assignment, she has photographed thirteen science expeditions in the Arctic and the Antarctic, including MOSAiC expedition, the largest ever Arctic Ocean science expedition, where she spent almost four months onboard the Polarstern icebreaker, in the Central Arctic Ocean in polar night, close to the North Pole. This work is published in the book “Into the Arctic Ice” in English and “Expedition Arktis” in the German language.

She speaks to young generations and also larger audiences about her scientific expedition experiences, as in her TED Talk “Journey to Polar Night”. Her new project “Women of Arctic Science” is a tribute to women, who play an important role in Arctic research.

Esther is the recipient of the Infinity Award 2022 by the International Center of Photography for her body of work focusing on climate change, conservation, and related environmental issues.

Esther won the 1st prize in World Press Photo Award, Environmental single category in 2020.

Esther has received the Ranger Rick Photographer of the Year 2020 from National Wildlife Federation for advancing together the Ranger Rick magazine’s mission: to inspire a love and understanding of wildlife and the natural world in young children.

Esther’s work has been featured in National Geographic, The New York Times, Audubon Magazine, TIME, GEO and Stern among others.

Instagram: @estherhorvath

Website: https://estherhorvath.com/ 

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