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About the Awards

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.

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.

A total of nine categories will be judged, with the overall winner crowned the Ocean Photographer of the Year™ in September this year.


Photo by 2022 third place, Brook Peterson
Entry deadline
June 30, 2023
Prizes worth more than
Entry fee
£10 per category
Winners announced
September 2023

The Judges

The Ocean Photographer of the Year 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. Can your imagery connect with them?

Award Categories

The Ocean Photographer of the Year consists of just nine categories and the overall winner, the Ocean Photographer of the Year™. The 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 deadline for this year’s submissions is June 30, 2023.


Sydney exhibition NOW OPEN!

Following the incredible success of our open-air exhibition in London – experienced by more than a million people in each of the last two years – we are this year showcasing ALL of 2023’s incredible finalists and winners at a brand new exhibition in Sydney, Australia.


Entry period closes in:
Finalists announced in August.
Winners announced in September.
Follow us at @OPY_Awards for all the latest.
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