Since 2009, June 8 has been designated by the United Nations as “World Oceans Day”. The event, which is marked around the world, seeks to capture the importance of the ocean and our delicate relationship with it.
The World Oceans Day Photography Competition is a free annual competition, open to all skill levels. The theme for 2020 was “Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean”, with four new categories this year: Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean, Rejuvenation, Digital Ocean Photo Art and Science in Action. Winning images were recognised by the United Nations on June 8 during the United Nations’ virtual event marking World Oceans Day 2020, and will be displayed at exhibitions around the world.
Above Water Seascapes – First Place: Geo Cloete
Clean Our Oceans – First Place: Sirachai Arunrugstichai
Human Interaction – First Place: Renata Romeo
Innovation – First Place: Joanna Smart
Ocean Photo Art – First Place: Francisco Sedano Vera
Rejuvenation – First Place: Leighton Lum
Science in Action – First Place: Matthew Potenski
Underwater Life – First Place: Michael Gallagher
Underwater Seascapes – First Place: Hannes Klostermann
Youth – First Place: Kyla McLay