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ocean photographer of the year t&C’S

The Ocean Photographer of the Year™ is an international photography competition aimed at showcasing the beauty and fragility of this planet’s blue spaces. It also offers significant opportunity for ocean photographers to have their work publicly showcased across a range of international media and public spaces, bringing significant exposure to their work.
The Ocean Photographer of the Year™ ( is a trademarked competition run by the publishers of Oceanographic Magazine™, CXD MEDIA Ltd, referred to throughout this page as “we” or “us” or the “Competition”.
By entering the Ocean Photographer of the Year™, you agree to the following terms and conditions. Please read the following carefully before entering.


Regarding site usage, users of the Ocean Photographer of the Year™ agree to the terms of use set out in Oceanographic Magazine’s legal page on account of the Ocean Photographer of the Year™ being an extension of the Oceanographic Magazine site.
By entering the Ocean Photographer of the Year™ you agree:

  • You will not post any inappropriate or malicious material.
  • You will not break any laws.
  • You will not infringe on any third-party rights or policies.
  • You will not copy and/or use any Ocean Photographer of the Year™ content – taken directly from the site or otherwise – without the written consent from us.
  • You permit the Ocean Photographer of the Year™ to use your submission(s) as it sees fit, including for promotional, commercial and editorial purposes related to the Competition.


  • Entry to the Competition is strictly via the official submission process on this website. Emails will not be accepted. Successful entrants, including winners, runners-up and those highly-commended will be contacted following the judging panel’s decision. Due to the number of entries received, unsuccessful entrants will not be contacted.
  • The judging panel’s decision is final.
  • It is the responsibility of each entrant to have read the Competition T&Cs and Entry Rules prior to entering. Should these T&Cs be breached, the entrant will be liable to the Competition owners with regards to any losses or damages incurred.
  • Photographers must hold all required permissions and permits for images submitted. These must be made available on request by the Competition owners.


  • All submissions must be photographs. AI-generated imagery is strictly not permitted.
  • Upload limit per image is 5MB. Finalists will be contacted for higher res if needed.
  • Up to ten images can be entered into each category. The Portfolio Award MUST have ten.
  • There is no date restriction on submitted photographs – images can be from any year.
  • All entries must be received by midnight (GMT) on June 30, 2024.
  • An entry fee of £10 per category is charged.
  • Entrants can enter as many categories as they wish.
  • Entrants who ONLY nominate a photographer in the FFF Award, and do not enter any other category, do not need to pay an entry fee. Nominations in the FFF Award are free.
  • All submissions must have been created by the photographer entering.
  • Post-processing of images is acceptable.
  • Images that have already won 1st place (overall) in an established international award prior to April 1, 2024 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.
  • Images should be free of watermarks.
  • Each submission set must be accompanied by a document with image captions.
  • Manipulation of the natural world is NOT acceptable. All entrants confirm that all images were taken naturally, without interference with wildlife.
  • Entrants into the Young Ocean Photographer of the Year must be 25 years of age or under at the time of their submission. There are no age restrictions on all other categories.


  • The following categories will be awarded:
    1. The Ocean Photographer of the Year (overall winner)
    2. The Ocean Conservation Photographer of the Year (Hope)
    3. The Ocean Conservation Photographer of the Year (Impact)
    4. The Ocean Adventure Photographer of the Year
    5. Ocean Wildlife Photographer of the Year
    6. Ocean Fine Art Photographer of the Year
    7. The Human Connection Award: People and Planet Ocean
    8. The Ocean Portfolio Award
    9. The Young Ocean Photographer of the Year
    10. The Female Fifty Fathoms Award
  • Award 1 will be chosen from submissions into the other nine categories.
  • 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.


  • Cash prizes are provided by Oceanographic Magazine. Payment method is strictly by bank transfer. Any associated fees regarding each winner’s transfer – domestic or international – will be deducted from each individual cash prize total.
  • Third-party prize offerings will be fulfilled by those third parties. Competition entrants give the Competition permission to pass on all required personal details to ensure prizes can be fulfilled in full and in a timely manner. Fulfilment of these prizes is not the responsibility of the Competition.
  • All parties offering prizes – including but not limited to the Competition owners, Blancpain and Ocean Census – reserve the right to alter, amend or cancel any prizes offered as part of the Competition, at any time and without notice. Entrants who win multiple awards will receive the highest value award. Prizes will be given/distributed at the prize-giver’s convenience, but no later than the ‘entries closed’ date for the following year’s Awards unless specifically stated by the prize-giver. 
  • The Competition owners reserve the right to disqualify any entrants they deem to have breached the Competition rules, even after the Awards have been allocated. Disqualification does not have to be explained, or the reasons for it proven. Disqualification comes with the forfeit of any associated Award(s) and prize(s). If prizes (including cash) have already been delivered prior to disqualification, the Competition reserves the right to reclaim.


  • All images submitted to the Competition may be used by the Ocean Photographer of the Year™, Oceanographic Magazine and selected affiliates and partners for – but not limited to – exhibitions, events and publications related to the Competition. This image usage includes online, offline, digital and in print, and extends to advertising, publicity and any other reasonably permittable forms provided the usage is related to the Ocean Photographer of the Year™. Final say on suitability of use lies with the Competition.
  • Copyright of submitted images is maintained by the photographer. Usage of the images – by the Competition owners or any partners and affiliates – in instances unrelated to the Ocean Photographer of the Year™ is strictly prohibited.
  • Competition entrants agree to join the GDPR-compliant Ocean Photographer of the Year™ mailing list as part of their submission so that they can be contacted regarding submissions and results.
  • Competition entrants can opt-in (during the entry process) to have their entered images made available for sale as single prints on the Competition website. Profits on each sale will be split 50-50 between the photographer and the Competition.


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