The results of the Third Annual World Oceans Day Photo Contest were announced on World Oceans Day, Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at a reception at United Nations Headquarters in New York attended by several hundred delegates.The finalists and winners were announced by well-known underwater photographer Ellen Cuylaerts (Belgium) and their photos were projected in large format.
Congratulations to the 2016 World Oceans Day Theme winner, Beth Watson; to the category winners, Mathieu Foulquié (Above Water Seascapes), Michele Hall (Making a Difference: Humans in Action), Gregory Lecoeur (Underwater Life), Alex Lindbloom (Underwater Seascapes), and Marlyss Brightwell (Youth Photographer); and to all the runners-up.
As in previous years, the judges selected the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place images from hundreds of entries in five categories: Above Water Seascapes, Making a Difference: Humans in Action, Underwater Life, Underwater Seascapes, and Youth Photographer. A 2016 World Oceans Day Theme winner was selected by the organizers.
The Third Annual World Oceans Day Photo Competition is jointly organized by the UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, The Ocean Project, World Ocean Network, World Festival of Underwater Images, IAEA Ocean Acidification International Coordination Centre, and DPG. The organizers congratulate all of the winners again and thank everyone who participated in the competition. Thank you for sharing your work, and helping us convey the beauty and value of the oceans.
Thank you also to the 2016 judges:
- Dr. Rodolfo Werner Kinkelin, Advisor to the Antarctic Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC) and the Pew Charitable Trusts (Argentina)
- Shawn Heinrichs, Founder of Blue Sphere Media, Associate Director of the Manta Trust (Colorado, USA)
- Kristal Ambrose, Founder of the Bahamas Plastic Movement (Bahamas)
- Nainoa Thompson, President of the Polynesian Voyaging Society (Hawaii, USA)
- Jayne Jenkins, Ambassador for Olympus Digital Cameras, Vice President for the Australasian Our World Underwater Scholarship Society (Australia)
- World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council: Caitlin Philipps (Australia), Gabriella Schauber (Canada), Brandon Koots (Curacao), Sang-Jin Kim (Germany), Nehara Pandey (India), Melati Wijsen (Indonesia), Mohammed Wahabi (Morocco), Oghenechovwen C. Oghenekevwe (Nigeria), Eugenia Barroca (Portugal), Latisha Parkinson (Trinidad and Tobago), Baylee Ritter (USA)
To see all the winning photos and for more information, visit Dive Photo Guide