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News, opinions, photos and facts from Ocean Conservancy

About Lauren Malkani

Lauren is a Senior Producer at Ocean Conservancy focusing on digital campaigns. She has worked in over 20 countries producing various multimedia projects involving human rights and environmental issues. Her projects have taken her from Freetown, Sierra Leone, to Bucharest, Romania, where she produced multimedia stories ranging from maternal mortality to racial discrimination.

It’s time to vote for your favorite photos

Posted On February 10, 2014 by

We’ve received some truly amazing photos from this year’s photo contest! Thank you to everyone who participated!

The photo submission period is officially over and now the fun begins. It’s time to vote for your favorites! It’s easy to do. Just go to our site, take a minute to check out all our entries and then cast your vote.

How does the voting work? Each vote is $1. So for every $1 donation you make, you’re helping to protect the fish, wildlife and ocean ecosystems you love!

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Marine Wildlife and Seascape Photo Contest

Posted On January 24, 2014 by

Jan. 23 2014 “Staff pick” Credit: Grant Johnson

Our 2014 Marine Wildlife and Seascape Photo Contest is here! Along with selecting 5 finalists and a grand prize winner, we are selecting a “staff favorite” to post to our Instagram feed each day. Send us your favorite ocean photos and follow our Instragram @oceanconservancy to see our favorites!

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Photographer Joshua Cripps Shares His Tips for Capturing the Ocean on Film

Posted On July 26, 2013 by

photographer capturing the ocean

Credit: Juan Ramon Rodriguez Sosa via Flickr

Photographer Joshua Cripps, winner of Ocean Conservancy’s 2012 Marine Life and Seascape Photo Contest, explains why the ocean makes for dynamic images, how to take better photos and why photography can help save the planet:

What attracted you to photography?

After college, I did a lot of traveling, and my experiences as I journeyed from country to country opened up my eyes to the incredible beauty and magic in the world. But my ability to convey my sense of awe and wonder to my friends and family back home was sadly lacking, and I began to yearn for a better way to share the world as I saw it.

Thus the seed of photography was planted. But it wasn’t until a year or so later, when I got my first digital single-lens reflex (DSLR) camera, that the seed began to sprout. After that, all hope was lost: like a rampant vine, my love of photography grew and grew until it pretty much took over my life.

What do you value most in a photo?

What I value most in a photo is a good story, especially a story of a place I haven’t seen or heard of before. When I see a photo, I want to feel compelled to find out more about what’s happening in the image, where it was taken, how it came to be and what it makes me think about. A good photo should provoke something in the viewer. Continue reading »

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Starfish Galaxies: Joshua Cripps Shares the Story Behind His Award-Winning Photo

Posted On July 1, 2013 by

Motukiekie Galaxies

Credit: Joshua Cripps

During Ocean Conservancy’s 2012 Marine Life and Seascape Photo Contest, we received over 600 entries, showcasing everything from sea turtles to sharks to seashells. Though there were plenty of amazing photographs, only one could be our grand-prize winner.

Photographer Joshua Cripps shares with us the story behind his award-winning photo, “Motukiekie Galaxies”:

What’s the story behind this photo?

I took this photo at Motukiekie Beach on the West Coast of the South Island of New Zealand during a month-long photography expedition. It’s a remarkable beach full of tide pools, mirror-like sand, massive tidal swings and intriguing sea stacks and caves.

What made you take the photo?

I have a sometimes-dangerous habit of being too curious: “Hmm, what’s just over that cliff?” “Can I jump down into this canyon?” In this case I saw some tide pools right at the water’s edge and wanted to go investigate them, despite the fact that the water was rising quickly and I knew I’d probably get soaked by going out there.

But once I rock-hopped out to the tidal pools, I found hundreds of these 12-legged sea stars clinging to the rocks. That amazing sight, along with the beautiful sea stacks farther out to sea and the moody conditions at the time, left me with no question that I was going to take a photo.

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