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Ocean Exposures Photo Contest 2020

Living Oceans Society's annual photo contest is now closed for 2020 - here are this year's winner!

Submissions fell 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 ran from June 15th to September 15th, 2020. The winner was announced on September 21st, 2020. 

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

tide pool
dolphin and orcas
surfers from above
fisher with cod
fishing boats

Contest Prizes

Below the Surface - First prize

One cedar pendant from Morning Moon (value: $76.00)
Morning Moon

Below the Surface - Second prize

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

Below the Surface - Third prize


Two beautiful drawings by Brittany Buirs (value: $25.00)

Two drawings by Brittany Buirs

Coastal wildlife - First prize


One cedar pendant from Morning Moon (value: $76.00)
Morning Moon

Coastal wildlife - Second prize


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

Pink Solution

Coastal wildlife - Third prize


Variety wrap set from Abeego (value: $18.00)

Abeego Variety Wrap Set

Working/playing on the ocean - First prize


One cedar pendant from Morning Moon (value: $76.00)
Morning Moon

Working/playing on the ocean - Second prize


Four natural deodorants from Mulberry Skin Care (value: $74.00)

Mulberry Skin Care

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 beautiful hooked rug called 'Salmon Love' by Wendy Davis (value: $270.00)

Salmon Love Rug Hook