The Brief 🐬
To celebrate World Oceans Day 2021 and bring attention to the hugely significant role that the ocean plays in our fight against climate change, including the integral part whales and other ocean creatures have in this, we're proud to present the Explore The Oceans photo contest!

We’re partnering with Skylum Software, makers of Luminar, and Whale and Dolphin Conservation (WDC), the leading global charity dedicated to the protection of whales and dolphins. With a vision of a world where every whale and dolphin is safe and free, WDC fights for the survival of these beautiful creatures by ending captivity, stopping whaling, preventing deaths in nets, and creating healthy seas.

We know you love the ocean as much as we do, so it’s not hard to imagine that one of your photos would stand out from the crowd. Show us your best and most creative ocean-themed shots for a chance to get recognized and win some awesome prizes!

Please note: Our goal is to celebrate the beauty of nature and its majestic creatures. This contest is open to all, but we will not be judging photos showing people swimming with or disturbing whales, dolphins, or other sea life in their natural habitat. Thanks for understanding!

Want to learn even more, make a donation to help protect the whales and dolphins, or download a 30-day version of the Luminar AI photo editor to make your images extra-epic?
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Exploring the Ocean Photo Contest
Grand Jury Winner
The winner will receive a GoPro HERO9 Black & Floating Hand Grip, a signed copy of ‘On a Rising Tide’ by WDC adopt a dolphin field officer and award-winning wildlife photographer, Charlie Phillips, a 1 year’s symbolic adoption of a bottlenose dolphin with WDC (you'll receive regular updates about your adopted dolphin's amazing daily life), a Skylum Luminar Guru Bundle and a ViewBug Blog Interview
Exploring the Ocean Photo Contest
Exploring the Ocean Photo Contest
People's Choice
GoPro HERO9 Black & Floating Hand Grip
Skylum Luminar Guru Bundle
Exploring the Ocean Photo Contest

Meet The Judges

Charlie Phillips
Charlie Phillips is a professional wildlife photographer, lecturer, and author who has previously won the title Scottish Nature Photographer of the Year in 2012 and is the Adopt A Dolphin Field Officer for WDC. His award-winning book on these bottlenose dolphins “On a Rising Tide” has been well received by dolphin lovers the world over.
Exploring the Ocean Photo Contest
Naomi Locardi
Pro Travel Photographer & Citizen of the World. Naomi Locardi is a pro travel and landscape photographer, educator, writer, artist and citizen of the world. Since her first trip outside the US to Italy in 2009, she has visited and been inspired by more than 70 countries across the globe. In addition to her work as a photographer, Naomi is the logistical mastermind behind the myriad worldwide photo tours, workshops and social events she puts on with her photographer husband Elia Locardi.
Exploring the Ocean Photo Contest
Here's How It Works
You always maintain the rights to your submissions.
By entering the contest you accept the terms of use.
6518 submissions | Share your best images of the ocean, be creative!
Judged based on creativity, originality and in accordance to the theme.
Total prize value of $ 800
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