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Tenth Annual United Nations World Oceans Day Photo Competition
By Ian Bongso-Seldrup, March 7, 2023 @ 06:00 AM (EST)

DPG is pleased to announce the opening of the 10th annual UN World Oceans Day Photo Competition, surrounding the 2023 theme “Planet Ocean: Tides Are Changing.” Complementing the UN’s day-long World Oceans Day celebration at the UN Headquarters in New York, this year’s milestone competition draws on the power of the arts in support of the theme’s call to action to put the ocean first.

The UN World Oceans Day Photo Competition is a free and open-to-the-public competition coordinated in collaboration between the United Nations Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, DPG, Oceanic Global, Nausicaa and the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO. The 10th anniversary competition presents a unique opportunity for photographers to showcase the immense breadth and depth of the ocean’s beauty as well as to shed light on the lesser known promise and potential brimming beneath its waves. From now until April 23rd, the following six categories will be open for submissions:

  1. No Time to Waste
  2. Putting the Ocean First
  3. The Wonderful World of Tides
  4. Ocean Is Life
  5. Big and Small Underwater Faces
  6. Underwater Seascapes

Winning submissions will be announced during the annual UN World Oceans Day event on June 8th as well as broadcast live on UNTV.

For the decade since its inception, the annual competition has been curated by underwater photographer Ellen Cuylaerts and judged by a jury of world-renowned photographers. This year is no exception, with the 2023 jury boasting celebrated names including wildlife photographer Rathika Ramasamy (India), wildlife photographer Rajan Desai (USA), underwater fine art wildlife photographer Ipah Uid Lynn (Malaysia), and photographer, director and filmmaker Antoine Janssens (Switzerland). For further details about the submissions, including contest rules, judges, and more, visit www.divephotoguide.com/world-oceans-day-photo-competition.


All entries must be submitted by April 23rd, 2023 at 12 midnight Eastern Standard Time (EST).

About United Nations World Oceans Day

Since its inception in 2008, United Nations World Oceans Day (UN WOD) has celebrated the ocean and its importance to the planet and our lives, while raising awareness about the many threats it faces. As the challenges to the ocean continue to grow, so does the need to understand and mobilize globally. To celebrate the United Nations World Oceans Day 2023 theme, Planet Ocean, the United Nations is joining forces with decision makers, indigenous leaders, scientists, private sector executives, civil society representatives, celebrities and youth activists to put the ocean first.

Join us on June 8th, 2023 for United Nations World Oceans Day 2023 hosted by the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea of the Office of Legal Affairs in partnership with Oceanic Global,  hosted in-person at the UN Headquarters in New York and broadcast live globally.

Learn more at www.UNWorldOceansDay.org




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