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Winners Announced for the Eleventh Annual Photo Competition for United Nations World Oceans Day

Winners Announced for the Eleventh Annual Photo Competition for United Nations World Oceans Day

World Oceans Day 2024
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Five First Place Winners Selected from Thousands of Global Photo Submissions Surrounding the Celebration’s 2024 Theme “Awaken New Depths”

The winners of the eleventh annual Photo Competition for United Nations World Oceans Day were announced today during the United Nations World Oceans Day celebration at the UN Headquarters in New York. A panel of world-renowned judges selected five (5) first place winners from thousands of global entries made by both amateur and professional photographers. The 2024 categories for photography aligned with the United Nations World Oceans Day’s 2024 theme “Awaken New Depths” and included: Underwater Seascapes, Small Island Developing States, Big and Small Underwater Faces, Awaken New Depths, and Above Water Seascapes. With each first place winner hailing from a different country, the winning photographers are: Renee Grinnell Capozzola (USA), Taryn Schulz (Canada), Andrea Marandino (Brazil), Mathieu Macias (France), Michael Sswat (Germany). The first place winners, along with the second and third place winners for each category, will be featured in the competition’s virtual gallery at www.unworldoceansday.org starting June 7th as well as displayed during next year’s UN World Oceans Day event in 2025.

Winning Photos Per Category & Corresponding Captions Can be Viewed Here.

* All photos must include the caption with photographer credit listed per photo, as well as www.unworldoceansday.org to be published.  

The eleventh annual Photo Competition is coordinated in collaboration between the United Nations Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, DivePhotoGuide (DPG), Oceanic Global, the United Nations Department of Economic and Social Affairs, the United Nations Office of the High Representative for the Least Developed Countries, Landlocked Developing Countries and Small Island Developing States, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO and Nausicaá. It has been curated by underwater and wildlife photographer Ellen Cuylaerts and judged by a world-renowned panel of judges every year since its inception in 2013. Judges for 2024 included photographer and dive center operator Mohamed Rifshan Shaheem, cave instructor and explorer Julia Gugelmeier, underwater photographer Mayumi Takeuchi-Ebbins, and underwater photographer Tom St George. 

The Photo Competition for UN World Oceans Day is a free-and-open public competition that calls on photographers and artists from around the world to communicate the beauty of the ocean and the importance of the respective United Nations World Oceans Day theme each year. All winners and participants in the competition signed a charter of 14 commitments regarding ethics in photography. Winning photos from 2024 as well as from previous years can be viewed via the virtually gallery at www.unworldoceansday.org.

Related Article: The United Nations to Host “Awaken New Depths” as the 2024 Theme for Its Annual World Oceans Day Event


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