Ocean Photographer of the Year 2024 open for entries! Enter today

OPY2024 open for submissions! Enter today

Photo by Ben Thouard (OPY2022)

Enter OPY2024!

Thank you for your interest in entering Ocean Photographer of the Year 2024! We are now accepting submissions, up to and including June 30, 2024. If you haven't done so already, you can read up on our rules/T&C's here, be inspired by previous winners and finalists here, and check out this year's prize offerings here.

OPY2024 finalists and winners will be announced in August and September respectively. Good luck!

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Step 1

Choose your categories

Select your categories by clicking ENTER. Submission to each category costs £10. 

Ocean Conservation Photographer of the Year (Hope)

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Ocean Conservation Photographer of the Year (Hope)

Awarded to the photographer who most powerfully communicates stories of hope and recovery. This could focus on a particular species, a wider ecosystem or human endeavour in finding solutions to the problems we face. What does ocean conservation hope mean to you? And how have you effectively captured that through imagery?

Category photograph by Ocean Conservation Photographer of the Year (Hope) 2023 winner, Sylvie Ayer.

Ocean Conservation Photographer of the Year (Impact)

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Ocean Conservation Photographer of the Year (Impact)

Awarded to the photographer who most powerfully communicates any of the many perils facing the ocean today. This could focus on the plight of a particular animal, species or wider ecosystem. What does ocean conservation impact mean to you? And how have you effectively captured that through imagery?

Category image by Ocean Conservation Photographer of the Year 2022, Simon Lorenz.

Ocean Adventure Photographer of the Year

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Ocean Adventure Photographer of the Year

Awarded to the photographer who most successfully translates our species’ love and fascination of life in, on and around the ocean. The ocean is full of adventure, whether you’re sailing across vast expanses of it, surfing in tight barrels on remote reefs or diving on pristine drop-offs. What does ocean adventure mean to you? And how have you effectively captured that through imagery?

Category photograph by Ocean Adventure Photographer of the Year 2023 runner-up, Gergo Rugli.

Ocean Wildlife Photographer of the Year

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Ocean Wildlife Photographer of the Year

Awarded to the photographer who most successfully translates the story and beauty of a particular animal, species or ecosystem. Submissions should be full of colour and wonder, bringing the magic of life below the waterline to life.

Category image by Ocean Photographer of the Year 2020 finalist, Hannes Klostermann.

Ocean Fine Art Photographer of the Year

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Ocean Fine Art Photographer of the Year

Awarded to the photographer who creates imagery of particular aesthetic power. Beautiful, imaginative, creative, elegant. Colour and black and white submissions are both encouraged.

Photograph by Merche Llobera (OPY2023)

The Ocean Portfolio Award

The Ocean Portfolio Award
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The Ocean Portfolio Award

Awarded to the photographer who most convincingly showcases a long-held commitment to ocean conservation through a striking body of work – strong enough to stand shoulder-to-shoulder with the judges. A total of ten images must be submitted, taken at any time during the photographer’s working life. Award-winning images can be submitted. 

Photograph by 2021 Ocean Portfolio Award winner, Stefan Christmann

Young Ocean Photographer of the Year

£10
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Young Ocean Photographer of the Year

Open to all photographers 25 years of age or under (up until the submissions window closes), this award will be given to a young photographer who shows photographic ability beyond their years as well as clear ocean literacy – an understanding of what their subject matter is, why their photograph is important and the message the images is trying to convey.

Photograph by Jarvis Smallman (OPY2023).

The Human Connection Award: People and Planet Ocean

£10
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The Human Connection Award: People and Planet Ocean

The Human Connection Award: People and Planet Ocean is a celebration of our species being a part of nature, not apart from nature.

Submissions should highlight an individual's connection with the ocean (photographer or subject), whether that be an image of a marine biologist hard at work in the field, an image of an Indigenous person fighting for the protection of their ancestral coastline or any other instance of a person connecting with our blue planet.

We can't wait to see your images of beautiful ocean connection!

Photo by Jingyi Wang (OPY2023).

 

The Female Fifty Fathoms Award

Free to nominate
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The Female Fifty Fathoms Award

Celebrating inspirational women in ocean photography. Here’s to the boundary-pushers and innovators; the pioneering spirits and the resolute; the forward-thinkers and the cause-committed. Here’s to femininity, without compromise. Which female photographer most inspires you? Local or international, amateur or professional, famous or not. Let’s raise them up. Let’s inspire the next generation of ocean women through their example. Let’s push for parity.

Photograph by 2022 Female Fifty Fathoms Award winner, Brooke Pyke.

Step 2

Upload Your Photographs & captions

- For a reminder of file specs and entry rules, read this.

- When entering multiple images into a category, use Ctrl (PC) or Shift (Mac) to upload all images as a single bundle (including your caption sheet).

- Changed your mind on entering a category? Delete it in Step 3.

- Nominating someone in the Female Fifty Fathoms Award? You'll complete this on the final page.

Step 3

Confirm details and pay

Entry costs £10 per category.

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