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Ocean Exposures Photo Contest Rules


Please read this entire document--it contains vital information to ensure that your photo entry is valid.


Photographs must be entered into one of 3 categories, described below. If you fail to choose a category, the default category is "Working or Playing on the Ocean". If the subject-matter of your photo does not match the category in which it is entered, it may be disqualified by our judge. Choose your category from the drop-down box when uploading your photo. Also, this year we request that all participants please follow safe social distancing practices while out and about taking photos. Participants may submit no more than 10 photos per category.  


1) Below the Surface:  shots may be taken under water or from the surface, but must depict life, objects or landforms beneath the surface.

2) Coastal Wildlife:  from birds in the sky to fish in the sea, so long as it's wild and there's an ocean in sight, your photo of it qualifies here.

3) Working or Playing on the Ocean:  the focus here is on people who derive a livelihood or enjoy recreation on the ocean.

Bonus Category:  This year, we're posting all of your entries to Facebook and letting our supporters vote for their choice. The Sea Huggers' Choice award will go to the photo with the greatest number of 'likes' at the close of the contest.

The Ocean Exposures Photo Contest sponsor is Living Oceans Society, 260 Second Street, Sointula, BC, V0N 3E0, Canada (“Sponsor” or “LOS”).

Living Oceans Society reserves the right to cancel the contest or modify these rules at its discretion. Decisions of Living Oceans Society will be final. No purchase is necessary.

Residents of Canada excluding Quebec are eligible to enter.

All photographers will be given photo credit. We will not sell your images. You must have full rights to publish the photograph. By submitting your photos you grant LOS the right to publish the images for LOS purposes in any format including on the LOS website and in LOS publications or presentations, such as newsletters, brochures, fundraising appeals, media kits, public service announcements, grant proposals, reports, awards, thank-you cards, displays, mailings and invitations, etc.

To enter and be eligible to win, a person must be a legal resident of Canada (excluding Quebec) at the time of entry who has reached the age of majority in the jurisdiction in which he/she resides and who is not an employee of the Sponsor or a member of any such employee's immediate family (regardless of where they live) or persons with whom they are domiciled (whether related to the employee or not). In these Rules, "immediate family" includes mother, father, brothers, sisters, sons, daughters, partner or spouse.

The contest is void where prohibited or restricted by law.

Internet access with sufficient bandwidth to upload an electronic photograph and a valid email account are required to enter to the Contest.

The 2021 Ocean Exposures Photo Contest begins June 22nd, 2021 and ends August 31st, 2021. The winner will be announced on or by September 15, 2021. Information on how to enter and prizes form part of these official rules (“Official Rules”). By submitting an entry, each entrant agrees to the Official Rules and warrants that his or her entry complies with all requirements set out in the Official Rules. This is a skill based contest and chance plays no part in the determination of winners.


There are 3 prizes awarded in each of the 3 categories; plus a 'Sea Huggers' Choice Award':

Below the Surface category:

  • First Prize-  one cast poppy pod pendant from Morning Moon (value $120)
  • Second Prize-  a bucket of green cleaning supplies from Pink Solution (value $50)
  • Third Prize-  one adult day pass to Ucluelet Aquarium (value $16)

Coastal Wildlife category:

  • First Prize-  3 natural deodorants and 3 shampoo/conditioner bars (value $115.50)
  • Second Prize-  Alex Morton's new book Not On My Watch (value $35)
  • Third Prize-  a t-shirt and bumper sticker from Anissa Reed (value: $30)

Working and Playing on the Ocean category:

  • First Prize- original mounted painting by Sheila Roote (value $75)
  • Second Prize- 4 glass straws with travel cases from Glass Straws (value $65)
  • Third Prize- 4 cans sustainable seafood from Skipper Otto (value: $30)

Sea Huggers' Choice Award:

  • A soap and Swedish dish cloth package from Quaint Living (value: $15)

Prize winner(s) will be solely responsible for any expense not explicitly included in the prize. Winner(s) will be contacted by Living Oceans with instructions on how to claim the prize. Prize(s) must be accepted as awarded and cannot be transferred, assigned, substituted or redeemed for cash, except at the sole discretion of Living Oceans. Any unused portion of a prize will be forfeited and have no cash value. Living Oceans reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to substitute a prize of equal or greater value if a prize (or any portion thereof) cannot be awarded for any reason.

How To Enter
Visit​ (the "Contest Website"). To register, click the 'Browse' button to select a photo from your computer and then click the 'Upload' button; complete the electronic entry form by filling out all required fields. Ensure that you have agreed to these Rules by clicking the check box below Contest rules and rights at the bottom of 'Legal Stuff.' Lastly, click on the "Submit" button to enter your photos.

All photos and descriptions uploaded and entered into the Contest must comply with the "Photo Requirements" section of these Rules.

All entries must be received by no later than midnight, August 31st, 2021. Your submission, including your photo, photo location, photo description and your name will be displayed on the Contest Website for the duration of the Contest Period and thereafter in the discretion of the Sponsor, unless it is removed by the Sponsor for non-compliance with these Rules.

Photo Requirements
Entries are to be digital photographs and submitted electronically in jpeg, png or tiff file formats to the contest website. Content alteration of digital files is not acceptable, including combining multiple photos. Cropping of photos is permitted, tonal or colour corrections are acceptable. Borders, frames, text or other graphic treatments are not permitted.

Entries and Identification
Photograph content must adhere to one of the three specified categories or it will be disqualified. Criteria for judging include exposure, composition, uniqueness, creativity, technical proficiency and relevance to chosen theme. Participants may submit no more than 10 photos per category.

Photographs entered must not have been previously published. Individuals can only win once per category. Entrants must own all rights to the photographs submitted. As such, entrants hold LOS harmless from any breach of copyright. Photographs that have won any other contests or have been published in a magazine or newspaper (except online) are not eligible. Photos should be taken out in nature, not in an artificial environment such as an aquarium.

If the photograph contains any material or elements that are not owned by the entrant and/or which are subject to the right of third parties, and/or if any persons appear in the photograph, the entrant is responsible for obtaining, prior to submission of the photograph, any and all releases and consents necessary to permit the exhibition and use of the photograph in the manner set forth in these Official Rules and Rights without additional compensation. In other words, you have the consent of anyone who is identifiable in your photo or the consent of their parent / guardian if they are minors.

LOS holds the right to disqualify entries with inappropriate content.

Winners' names and photographs will be published on A selection of winning entries will also be published in the next edition of Rising Tide. LOS reserves the non-exclusive right to publish any entry on LOS web sites or print publications and/or use any entry in promotional and advertising materials and may make the images available to media outlets as components of media kits to promote LOS. Photos published by LOS will be credited to the photographer. LOS will not sell any images or provide them for any other commercial purpose or publications.

All entries must be received prior to 12:00 am PST, August 31st, 2021. Upload entries through the contest website,

The winners will be selected by a judge. Winners will be notified by email ONLY by September 15th, 2021. Decision of the judge is final.

LOS is not responsible for any failure of the website during this contest. Nor is it responsible for any problems or technical malfunctions of computer online systems, servers, access providers, computer equipment, software or any email, online or internet entry lost due to technical problems or traffic congestion on the internet or at any website or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to an entrant’s or any other person’s computer or property related to or resulting from playing or downloading any material in the promotion.

With regard to any photograph submitted to this contest, the entrant, or the owner of copyright in the photograph, retains copyright. By uploading or submitting any photograph to this contest, the entrant grants (or warrants that the owner of such materials expressly grants) LOS a royalty-free, world-wide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to display, distribute, reproduce, and create derivative works of the entries, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or subsequently developed, for any LOS purpose, including, but not limited to advertising and promotional materials, its website, exhibition, and commercial products, including but not limited to LOS publications. LOS will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses. Winning entrants are required to indicate their acceptance of the above conditions.