Edition 2021

Coffee table book

More than 100 images from the Ocean Photographer of the Year 2021´s finalists feature in this beautiful, limited-edition hardback book. A special collection of extraordinary photography. Natural wonder distilled into one place. The ocean´s story in your hands.


“Bringing the ocean’s silent struggle to life” – The Guardian

the Book

Edition 2021 is a stunning and limited-edition hardback coffee table book. The book contains every one of the winning and finalist entries from the 2021 awards and includes fascinating details about how and where each shot was captured. Fabric-covered and exquisitely embossed, it is a book that will last a lifetime – as will the impressions made by the photographs contained within. 

the DIMENSIONS / more info

34.2cm x 25.5cm x 2.8cm 2.2kg / 142 pages / Embossed and foiled material cover / ‘K-bound’, meaning all pages lie flat (no gutter).

the purpose

Photography plays a critical role in the fight for a healthier ocean – both as a source of inspiration and as a tool to inform. The Ocean Photographer of the Year, and this book, are an extension of Oceanographic Magazine’s values: harnessing image-driven storytelling to connect with people – both ocean goers and non-ocean-goers – around the world. These images will evoke a sense of fascination and love; the kind of emotion that brings joy and stimulates us to immerse ourselves again and again in the underwater universe. With this feeling comes a recognition of the importance the ocean plays in our lives, and a concern for its protection. 

the categories:

  • The Ocean Photographer of the YearThe competition winner. Awarded to the most compelling and beautiful image submitted.

  • The Female Fifty Fathoms AwardCelebrating inspirational women in ocean photography. Awarded to the female photographer not only for the quality of her portfolio but for her boundary-pushing, inspirational and forward-thinking examples she is setting in the arena of ocean photography. 

  • The Ocean Conservation Photographer of the Year. Awarded to the photographer who most powerfully communicates any of the many perils facing the ocean today, or stories of hope and recovery.

  • The Ocean Adventure Photographer of the Year. Awarded to the photographer who most successfully translates our species’ connection with – and fascination of – life in, on and around the ocean.

  • The Ocean Exploration Photographer of the YearAwarded to the photographer who most dramatically brings the rawness of ocean exploration to life.

  • The Young Ocean Photographer of the Year. Open to entrants under the age of 18, this award recognises photographers who display both youthful curiosity and clear ocean literacy.

  • The Community Choice AwardAwarded to the most popular submission, as voted for by the public. A shortlist of five photographs, chosen by the judging panel, was featured on the Ocean Photography Awards.

  • The Collective Portfolio Award. Awarded to the photographer who showcases a long-held commitment to ocean conservation through a striking body of work – strong enough to take up a one-year residency as a member of the SeaLegacy Collective, alongside the judging panel.


Find out more about the Ocean Photographer of the Year here.

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Oceanographic Magazine uses beautiful photography and captivating storytelling to transport both the wonder and plight of the ocean into people’s homes. It is a magazine that aims to bring our blue planet to life, to connect and inspire.
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