Wednesday, 2 March 2016

The 2016 Oceans Photographer of the Year Competition

The Global Marine and Polar Programme is thrilled to announce the Oceans Photographer of the Year 2016 competition - Open for entries until the 25th of May 2016 

The IUCN Global Marine and Polar Programme invites you to submit up to 3 photographs per category: 

(A) Marine Life: Photos of marine organisms and their ecosystems from the tropics to temperate zones 

(B) The Poles: Photos of marine organisms and landscapes from the two poles 

(C) Destinations: Best dive and snorkelling spots, spectacular landscapes 

(D) Human impact: marine plastics, pollution, overfishing, ecosystem damage, climate change 

(E) Marine Conservation: Conservation actions that address the issues portrayed in the above category, examples of projects that promote and encourage conservation action, spread awareness, best practice 

(F) Open Choice: Photos that would not fit in the above categories. E.g. macro, artistic images, etc. 

An overall winner and winners of each category will receive a prize and the winning pictures will be displayed at the World Conservation Congress in Hawaii later this year.
Please send your photos to with the title of the competition in the subject.

Rules and Regulations

The competition is open to everyone over the age of 18 
Entries are accepted until 12 pm GMT on the 25th of May 2016 
Each entry must be the original work of the entrant
For all categories, digital files must be submitted as JPEGS saved at the highest quality (at least 8 in Photoshop), Adobe RBG (1998) and at 1920 pixels on the longest
File names: Entrant’s name_category_number (E.g. JaneSmith_A_1, JaneSmith_A_2,
No watermarks, borders or signatures to be included on the pictures
Please note we will not accept photographs which show the following:
Photographers visibly damaging the environment
Animals with signs of stress/being handled/manipulated/moved. 

Ownership of all images remains with the photographer; IUCN reserves the right to use the images with prior permission from the photographers. 

For all questions and information regarding the competition please contact