10th Anniversary Photo Competition for UN World Oceans Day

The annual Photo Competition for UN World Oceans Day is hosted by the United Nations, curated by Ellen Cuylaerts and a jury composed of world-renowned individuals.

2023 Photo Competition for UN World Oceans Day

This free competition is open to the public and explores the six thematic categories open for submissions. The categories are purposely broad to encourage photographers interpretations and artistic visions.

2023 Categories for Photo Contest

  • No Time To Waste
  • Putting the Ocean First
  • The Wonderful World of Tides
  • Ocean is Life
  • Big and Small Underwater Faces
  • Underwater Seascapes

Virtual Presentation

Register to watch the Virtual presentation of the 2023 Winners and receive updates surrounding the 2023 program.

Entries Are Closed

Submissions for the 2023 Photo Competition for World Oceans Day are now closed.

2023 Judges

The competition is curated by Ellen Cuylaerts and composed of a jury of world-renowned individuals.

Ellen Cuylaerts

Curator & Underwater Photographer

Rathika Ramasamy

Wildlife Photographer India

Rajan Desai

Wildlife Photographer USA

Ipah Uid Lynn

Underwater Fine Art Wildlife Photography Malaysia

Antoine Janssens

Photographer, Director and Filmmaker Switzerland

The tenth annual Photo Competition for UN World Oceans Day  is coordinated in collaboration between the United Nations Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea,  DivePhotoGuide (DPG), Oceanic Global, the Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission of UNESCO and Nausicaa. Thank you to Dive Photo Guide for their ongoing support of the UN World Oceans Day Photo Competition.

10th Anniversary of the Photo Competition

Discover the 10th anniversary of the Photo Competition in celebration of UN World Oceans Day! The Photography for Sustainable Oceans exhibit draws on winning entries from past editions of the competition.

Explore the Exhibit