Underwater shutterbugs who want to submit photos for the Ocean Photography Awards will need to hurry — the deadline for submissions is July 31st, 2021.
It’s time to get sorting through those hard drives and pick your entries for this year’s awards. And remember, photographs don’t have to be new, they just can’t have won another award. That’s right – your pre-pandemic photographs are eligible.
The Ocean Photography Awards have a simple mission: to shine a light on the beauty of the ocean and the threats it faces, all while raising money for its protection.
The awards are an opportunity for all ocean photographers – divers, surfers and sailors alike – to share their art with the world. In 2020, winning photographs were shared with more than 500 million people.
This year’s submissions will once again be judged by a panel of some of the world’s leading ocean photographers, including International Photography Hall of Fame inductee Paul Nicklen, Cristina Mittermeier and Emmy Award-winning cinematographer Shawn Heinrichs.
Six categories will be judged, with the winner of each category awarded a selection of prizes. Several career-changing opportunities are also on offer, including a one-year residency of the SeaLegacy Collective. The prizes on offer are valued at more than £500,000/~US$691,200/~€585,555.
There is also a special award this year: the Female Fifty Fathoms Awards. Which female ocean photographer most inspires you? Nominate her for the FFF Award!
Winners, including the overall winner, will be announced in September. A London exhibition will follow, where all winning images will be put on public display. The exhibition will be free to visit.
For more info, go to www.oceanographicmagazine.com/opa.
(Featured image credit: 2020 Ocean Adventure Photographer of the Year finalist Sean Scott)