The Ocean Photographer of the Year is a celebration of our beautiful blue planet, as well as a platform to highlight the many plights it is facing. While entries will be open until 30 June, our special Early Bird discount will only run one more day until 13 May. Those that enter their photographs early, will receive 20% off entrance fees with the discount code EARLYBIRD20. Enter here now to benefit from the Early Bird special.
Ocean photographers of all disciplines and experience levels – amateurs and professionals alike – are invited to submit their most impactful imagery to be judged by a panel of some of the world’s leading ocean photographers, including International Photography Hall of Fame inductee Paul Nicklen, founder of the International League of Conservation Photographers, Cristina Mittermeier, and Emmy Award-winning cinematographer Shawn Heinrichs.
A total of nine categories will be judged, with the overall winner crowned the Ocean Photographer of the Year™ in September this year. The OPY 2022 categories are broad in their focus and open to a little personal interpretation. This is to make the Awards as inclusive as possible and to ensure the bravest and boldest photographers out there aren’t dissuaded from entering because their images don’t fit prescriptive categories. Underwater, topside, on the coast or out at sea, if you feel your ocean image has the chance to connect emotionally with the judges, they’d love to see it.
The OPY 2022 judging panel is made up of some of the world’s leading ocean photographers. Expedition leaders and award-winners who have played significant roles in the creation of MPAs, the protection of individual species and broader public awareness and ocean literacy campaigns, they know what it takes to create powerful, captivating ocean imagery.
The deadline for this year’s submissions is June 30, 2022.
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Photography courtesy of Aimee Jan, winner of the 2021 Ocean Photographer of the Year category & Henley Spiers, second place in the 2021 Ocean Photographer of the Year category.