The ocean is a large mass of saltwater that covers almost three-quarters of the earth’s surface. It also regulates our weather and temperature, absorbs large amounts of CO2, produces the majority of our oxygen, and feeds a large portion of the human population. Humans rely on these teeming waterways for comfort and survival. Also, it is home to a diverse range of plant and animal species, such as the blue whale who is the world’s largest animal. But global warming and overfishing are putting the planet’s greatest environment at risk.
About the Contest
The Ocean Photography Awards are both a celebration of our magnificent blue world and a forum for bringing attention to the many problems it faces. Ocean photographers of all disciplines and levels of experience, amateurs, and professionals alike are invited to submit their most powerful images. The judging panel consisted of seven renowned photographers.
They hold a competition dedicated to the oceans, inviting all marine enthusiasts and photographers to contribute to their photography skills. Despite the fact that the world was paralyzed by the current pandemic, many people from all around the world submitted a massive number of artistic images for this year’s competition. The overall winner was named Ocean Photographer of the Year 2021 after being judged in the following categories.
The List of Categories Awarded
Overall Winner of Ocean Photographer of the Year 2021
Ocean Conservation Photographer – 2021
Ocean Exploration Photographer – 2021
Ocean Adventure Photographer – 2021
The Award of Collective Portfolio
The Young Ocean Photographer of the Year 2021
The Award of Community Choice
Female Fifty Fathoms Award
After they go through thousands of entries, these are the finalists which are the judging team has published. Let’s see the photos and read more about them.
With escalating levels of Ocean pollution and climate change, this competition shines a strong light on issues affecting the oceans and all species that depend on them. The competition is almost entirely underwater and requires certain handling skills, such as swimming or diving, as well as special equipment and settings. This distinguishes it from other land-based sites.
The competition has also declared that it will donate 20% of its total proceeds to causes that are directly related to ocean conservation. The competition also provides an opportunity for photographers to showcase and appreciate their talents while educating them about the ocean. In addition to receiving international exposure, the event offers cash prizes of £500,000 and is sponsored by a number of blue-chip companies.