Rules & Faqs

Your entry questions answered

We’ve compiled a list of all the most important questions and answers regarding Ocean Photographer of the Year.

If we’ve missed anything off, you can read the full Ocean Photographer of the Year Terms and Conditions¬†here.

If there’s still something you’d like to ask us, please email¬†


How many images and categories can I enter

You can enter as many categories as you like.

You can enter up to 10 images per category. For the Ocean Portfolio category, you MUST enter 10.

Each set of images MUST be accompanied by a caption document.

What file types do you accept?

For images, we accept JPEG, PNG and TIFF. There is a 5MB limit per image. Images should be free of watermarks. Finalists will be contacted for higher-res images where required.

For text we accept .doc, .docx and .pages.

When can I enter?

The entry period runs from May 1, 2023 to June 30, 2023.

How much does entry cost?

Each category entry comes with a £10 donation to SeaLegacy.

If you enter in May, you can enjoy a 20% discount. Use coupon code EarlyBird20 at checkout.

If you only nominate in the Female Fifty Fathoms Award, you do not need to pay an entry fee - that award is a free nomination.

What are the rules around editing?

Post-processing is allowed. While there are no limits of image editing, overly edited images might struggle to win the approval of the judging panel.

Can I enter award-winning photographs?

Images that have already won 1st place (overall or category) in an established international award prior to May 1, 2023 should NOT be entered.

This does not include Ocean Portfolio submissions, which CAN include award-winning images.

Images that have placed 2nd or lower in an international competition CAN be entered.

What's the age limit for the Young Photographer Award?

Entrants into the Young Ocean Photographer of the Year must be 25 years of age or under on June 30, 2023.

There are no age restrictions on all other categories.

Anything else?

Manipulation of the natural world is NOT acceptable. All entrants confirm that all images were taken naturally, without interference with wildlife.

The Competition reserves the right to award images in a category they were not originally submitted in. This will happen at the discretion of the judges for images they feel are particularly suited to an alternative category.