on 18 Jun 2021
The competition received around 1,400 awe-inspiring entries from around the world
The winners of the United Nations World Oceans Day Photo Competition 2021 have been announced. The awe-inspiring images showcase a diverse array of marine creatures and habitats from around the world.
In total, there were over 1,400 entries in the competition, which was split into six categories: Oceanic Discoveries, The Ocean: Life & Livelihoods, Above Water Seascapes, Underwater Seascapes, Faces Of The Sea and Digital Ocean Photo Art.
The contest was curated by award-winning Belgian photographer Ellen Cuylaerts, with winners selected by a jury composed of world-renowned photographers and artists, including British documentary maker Julian Lennon and Malaysian underwater photographer and diving instructor Ipah Uid Lynn.
The winner of the ‘above water seascapes’ category was Pawel Zygmunt from Poland, with this dizzying aerial shot of Kalsoy in the Faroe Islands
This photo, taken by Hannes Klostermann from Germany, came second in the ‘oceanic discoveries’ category. The stunning image features a school of skipjack tuna off the coast of Mexico, preying on a sardine bait ball
A diver examines the skeletal remains of a Bryde’s whale off Koh Haa Island in Thailand’s Mu Koh Lanta National Park. Thai photojournalist Sirachai Arunrugstichai was awarded third place in the ‘ocean discoveries; category for the impressive image