Sunday, June 23, 2024

Submissions Are Now Open For The 2022 U.N. World Oceans Day Photo Competition


The United Nations World Oceans Day 2022 Photography Competition is now open for submissions, organizers announced this week.

This open and free photo competition, which is co-organized by the U.N. Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, Dive Photo Guide and various other organizations seeks to inspire the creation of imagery capturing the beauty of the ocean and the challenges it faces, hoping to contribute to actions to preserve this vital resource.

The competition has six thematic categories open for submissions:

1. Revitalization
2. Above Water Seascapes
3. Underwater Seascapes
4. Nature-Based Solutions & Ocean Exploration
5. Ocean Critters
6. Coastal Communities

This year’s U.N. World Oceans theme is “Revitalization, Collective Action for the Ocean,” and for the competition theme category, “Revitalization,” the competition organizers are looking for a set of three images capturing hope and collaboration.

The other categories include the usual “Above Water Seascapes” and “Underwater Seascapes” as well as three new ones: “Nature-based Solutions & Ocean Exploration,” “Ocean Critters” and “Coastal Communities.” As in previous competitions, these are single-image categories, but you can enter up to three images per category.

According to competition curator Ellen Cuylaerts:

“Enter your images and share them with the world to inspire people to make a difference, take collective action for the oceans, and contribute to conservation and preservation of the oceans that bring us life!”

The submissions deadline is April 15th, 2022.

For full details about the competition, including contest rules, judges, and more, go to DPG’s dedicated competition minisite.

You can also find out more about World Oceans Day, June 8th, and the events around it, at

(Featured Image credit: Kevin De Vree)

John Liang
John Liang
John Liang is the News Editor at He first got the diving bug while in High School in Cairo, Egypt, where he earned his PADI Open Water Diver certification in the Red Sea off the Sinai Peninsula. Since then, John has dived in a volcanic lake in Guatemala, among white-tipped sharks off the Pacific Coast of Costa Rica, and other places including a pool in Las Vegas helping to break the world record for the largest underwater press conference.