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Ocean Exposures Photo Contest 2021

Living Oceans Society is hosting its annual photo contest! Unleash your inner shutterbug and let your creativity shine. Help Living Oceans Society show the beauty of the ocean as we advocate for its protection by sharing your favourite ocean photos with us. 

The Ocean Exposures Photo Contest runs from June 22nd, 2021 until August 31st, 2021. The winner will be announced by September 15th, 2021. Entries will be judged on: exposure, composition, uniqueness, creativity, and technical proficiency. While we're waiting for this year's winners to be announced in September, please take a look at these winning photos from our contest last year. 

Submissions must fall into one of three categories to qualify: ‘Below the Surface’, 'Coastal Wildlife', and 'Work or Play on the Ocean', with 3 prizes available per category. There is also one uncategorized 'Seahuggers' Choice' prize (chozen by total 'likes' each photo gets in a album we posted on our Facebook page), making a total of ten prizes to be awarded this year.  

Entries must be recent and must be located on near or under one of Canada’s three oceans, and this year we requested photographers please follow all Covid-19 related social distancing and safety protocols.  Photographs were judged on exposure, composition, uniqueness, creativity, technical proficiency and relevance to chosen theme.

No purchase necessary. Contest open to Canadians excluding Quebec residents. 

Contest will run from June 22nd to August 31st, 2021. The winner will be announced by September 15th, 2021. 

Our judge Andrew S Wright selected winners for each category based on clarity, exposure, composition, uniqueness and creativity. For more details and contest rules, visit "https://livingoceans.org/ocean-exposure-rules".

Our Judge

Andrew S. Wright is a passionate conservation photographer and has published two photography books arguing for increased environmental stewardship in B.C. His book Emeralds at the Edge; published in 2009 received positive reviews in the Globe and Mail. His current book Faltering Light proposes an end to trophy hunting of bears.

Andrew played a lead technical role in the design of the Namgis land-based salmon aquaculture project known as Kuterra. He is a contributor to the Great Bear Rainforest agreement and has travelled on numerous occasions to the region.

Take a look at last year's winning entries below! And Deb Wiggins' First Prize - Below the Surface photo 'Lucky's Fluke' can be seen above. 

tide pool
underwater
barnacles
dolphin and orcas
dolphins
surfers from above
beach
fisher with cod
fishing boats
About you
Your photo
Maximum 10 MB per form submission.
Photos must be taken on or near one of Canada's three oceans.

Contest Prizes

Below the Surface - First prize

One cast poppy pod pendant from Morning Moon (value: $120.00)
Morning Moon

Below the Surface - Second prize

A bucket of green cleaning supplies by Pink Solution (value: $50)

Pink Solution

Below the Surface - Third prize

 

One adult day pass to the Ucluelet Aquarium (value: $52.00)
Ucluelet Aquarium

Coastal wildlife - First prize

 

Three natural deodorants and shampoo/conditioner bars from Mulberry Skin Care (value: $115.50)
Mulberry Skin Care

Coastal wildlife - Second prize

 

Alex Morton's new book Not On My Watch (value: $35)

Not On My Watch

Coastal wildlife - Third prize

 

T-shirt and bumper sticker from Anissa Reed/Wild lil Gift Shop (value: $30.00)

Anissa Reed Design t-shirt and bumper sticker

Working/playing on the ocean - First prize

 

A beautiful painting by Sheila Roote Sheila Roote (value: $75.00)
Sheila Roote painting

Working/playing on the ocean - Second prize

 

Two glass straws with carrying cases from Glass Straws (value: $65)

Glass Straws

Working/playing on the ocean - Third prize

 

Four cans of fish from Skipper Otto's Community Supported Fishery (value: $30.00)

Skipper Otto

Sea Huggers' Choice Award

 

A lovely gift package from Quaint Living (value: $15.00)

Quaint Living gift pack