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Deadline: June 02, 2013
Winner is: Judged & Voted
Entry: Varied Entry
Entry Fee: Free to A$50

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Ocean Geographic Pictures of the Year Competition

OG-POTY-O-logo-sq-200px Pictures are the powerful medium for conservation. Images reveal untold stories, stir emotion and change hearts. Ocean Geographic prioritises the use of outstanding imageries to convey knowledge, thoughts and evoke compassion and desire within us to conserve and celebrate the beauty of our planet.

To encourage greater use of imageries for conservation and to celebrate the beauty of our planet, we have started an annual Ocean Geographic Pictures of the Year competition. Participants will compete in twelve categories to share their experiences and special moments with the seas.

Your pictures are imperative to promote better conservation of our natural world. As your work will influence change, we view the importance of awarding special recognition with prestigious Awards for Outstanding Achievement, Merit of Excellence and Special commendations. Most of these awards are named in honour of some of THE MOST CELEBRATED IMAGE-MAKERS and SCIENTISTS OF OUR OCEAN.

There will also be medals and prizes for the category winners. All winners will be published in a limited edition annual photography book and pictures will also exhibited in public to encourage greater awareness of the ocean environment.

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Contest Prize & TERMS

PRIZE DETAILS: Portraits – the Emory Kristof Award for Outstanding Achievement
1st - Outstanding Achievement Award plus S$800 cash, 7 day accommodation and dive package: Aiyanar Beach Dive Resort - Aniloa
2nd - Merit of Excellence Award - S$580 Ocean Geographic Expedition voucher for Raja Ampat, Cenderawasih Bay or the Maldives plus Nautilus Lifeline GPS
Honorable Mention Awards - (up to 5 prizes) - 1 year Ocean Geographic premier membership with USD200 expedition voucher

Fish Behaviour – the Gerry Allen Award for Outstanding Achievement
1st - Outstanding Achievement Award plus S$500 cash, 7 day accommodation and dive package: Aiyanar Beach Dive Resort - Aniloa
2nd - Merit of Excellence Award - S$580 Ocean Geographic Expedition voucher for Raja Ampat, Cenderawasih Bay or the Maldives plus Nautilus Lifeline GPS
Honorable Mention Awards - (up to 5 prizes) - 1 year Ocean Geographic premier membership with USD200 expedition voucher

Animal Behaviour: the Doug Perrine Award for Outstanding Achievement
1st - Outstanding Achievement Award plus S$800 cash, 10 day live-aboard on MSY SEAHORSE
2nd - Merit of Excellence Award - S$580 Ocean Geographic Expedition voucher for Raja Ampat, Cenderawasih Bay or the Maldives plus Nautilus Lifeline GPS
Honorable Mention Awards - (up to 5 prizes) - 1 year Ocean Geographic premier membership with USD200 expedition voucher

Colour Prints – the Valerie Taylor Award for Outstanding Achievement
Black & White Prints – the Ernie Brooks Award for Outstanding Achievement
1st - Outstanding Achievement Award plus S$500 cash, 7 day accommodation and dive package: Walindi, PNG
2nd - Merit of Excellence Award - $550 Ocean Geographic Expedition voucher for Raja Ampat, Cenderawasih Bay or the Maldives. plus Nautilus Lifeline GPS
Honorable Mention Awards - (up to 5 prizes) - 1 year Ocean Geographic premier membership with USD200 expedition voucher

Seascapes – the Carden Wallace Award for Outstanding Achievement
1st - Outstanding Achievement Award plus S$500 cash plus live-aboard expedition on Ocean Hunter III
2nd - Merit of Excellence Award - S$580 Ocean Geographic Expedition voucher for Raja Ampat, Cenderawasih Bay or the Maldives plus Nautilus Lifeline GPS
Honorable Mention Awards - (up to 5 prizes) - 1 year Ocean Geographic premier membership with USD200 expedition voucher

Creative Vision – the Wyland Award for Outstanding Achievement
1st - Outstanding Achievement Award plus S$500 cash and one x Ikelite DS 161 strobe
2nd - Merit of Excellence Award - S$580 Ocean Geographic Expedition voucher for Raja Ampat, Cenderawasih Bay or the Maldives plus Nautilus Lifeline GPS
Honorable Mention Awards - (up to 5 prizes) - 1 year Ocean Geographic premier membership with USD200 expedition voucher

ONE OCEAN Video or Slide Show – the Sylvia Earle Award for Outstanding Achievement
1st - Outstanding Achievement Award plus $800 cash - live-aboard to Raja Ampat or Cenderawasih Bay on MSY SEAHORSE
2nd - Merit of Excellence Award - $500 Ocean Geographic Expedition voucher for Raja Ampat, Cenderawasih Bay or the Maldives - plus Nautilus Lifeline GPS
Honorable Mention Awards - (up to 5 prizes) - 1 year Ocean Geographic premier membership with USD200 expedition voucher

The Portfolio Award – the David Doubilet Award for Outstanding Achievement
1st - Outstanding Achievement Award - $500 plus choice of one live-aboard trip with Dive Encounters Alliance vessels to Cocos, Galapagos, Guadaluapte, Socorro, Philippines etc
2nd - Merit of Excellence Award - $500 Ocean Geographic Expedition voucher for Raja Ampat, Cenderawasih Bay or the Maldives plus Nautilus Lifeline GPS value at S$380- sponsored by Ocean Geographic
Honorable Mention Awards - (up to 5 prizes) - 1 year Ocean Geographic premier membership with USD200 expedition voucher

Young Photographer of the Year- the Alex Mustard Award for Outstanding Achievement
1st - Outstanding Achievement Award plus S$500 cash
2nd - Merit of Excellence Award - $500 Ocean Geographic Expedition voucher for Raja Ampat, Cenderawasih Bay or the Maldives.
Honorable Mention Awards - (up to 5 prizes) - 1 year Ocean Geographic premier membership with USD200 expedition voucher

Vision of the Sea - Video
1st - Outstanding Achievement Award plus $800 cash - selection of dive holiday prizes - such as accommodation, dive package at Lembeh Hills Resort, MV Maldives Princess
2nd - Merit of Excellence Award - S$580 Ocean Geographic Expedition voucher for Raja Ampat, Cenderawasih Bay or the Maldives.
Honorable Mention Awards - (up to 5 prizes) - 1 year Ocean Geographic premier membership with USD200 expedition voucher

Ocean Geographic Photo Journalist Award
1st - Outstanding Achievement Award plus $800 cash plus publish in Ocean Geographic and S$580 Ocean Geographic Expedition voucher for Raja Ampat, Cenderawasih Bay or the Maldives.
Honorable Mention Awards - (up to 5 prizes) - 1 year Ocean Geographic premier membership with USD200 expedition voucher

Ocean Geographic Merit of Excellence Award for Novice Photographer
1st - Outstanding Achievement Award plus S$500 cash, plus one Ikelite DS 161 strobe, S$580 Ocean Geographic Expedition voucher for Raja Ampat, Cenderawasih Bay or the Maldives.
2nd - Merit of Excellence Award - S$580 Ocean Geographic Expedition voucher for Raja Ampat, Cenderawasih Bay or the Maldives.
3rd - Special Mention Award - Nautilus Lifeline GPS
Honorable Mention Awards (up to 10 prizes) - 1 year Ocean Geographic premier membership with USD200 expedition voucher ELIGIBILITY: Open to All Not eligible to enter? - Find contest where you are.

COPYRIGHT: Entries must be the original work of the competitor. The copyright for all work submitted to the Competition remain with the copyright holder who will be credited in accordance with the competition’s guidelines (eg ©competitor’s name) USAGE RIGHTS: By entering the Competition, the competitor grants to Ocean Geographic a non-exclusive irrevocable licence to reproduce, publish and communicate to the public by any means and exhibit their awarded work(s) and copies of their awarded work(s) in all media throughout the world in relation to the Competition and the Exhibition.

Winning imageries will be used by the organiser for promotion of the competition for a period of eighteen (18) months from announcements and thereafter the organiser will archive the work for future reference.

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