The Blog Aquatic » photo contest http://blog.oceanconservancy.org News, opinions, photos and facts from Ocean Conservancy Thu, 28 Aug 2014 17:32:30 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 And the Winners Are… http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2014/07/28/and-the-winners-are/ http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2014/07/28/and-the-winners-are/#comments Mon, 28 Jul 2014 19:42:01 +0000 Jackie Yeary http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=8844

Congratulations to the winners of Ocean Conservancy’s Summer 2014 Marine Wildlife and Seascape Photo Contest! With more than 1,200 entries, we were amazed at the beautiful images that all of you submitted.

The top two prizes were awarded to Ian Lindsey and Christian Martinez, whose photographs received Judges’ Choice and People’s Choice. Ian’s photo “Honu Gathering” depicts a group of sea turtles gathered on a Hawaiian beach at sunset, while Christian’s image “Ocean, Waves and Nature” perfectly captures the beauty of a Puerto Rican beach.

This summer’s contest also included winners from five different categories: Arctic, Our Ocean, Fish, Gulf of Mexico and Human Impact. The winners for these categories are:

Be sure to check out their beautiful images in the gallery below.

Judges' Choice: Ian Lindsey, "Honu Gathering" People's Choice: Christian Martinez, "Ocean, Waves and Nature" Arctic: Bill Boswell, "Puffin With Sand Eels" Our Ocean: Albert Oll Callau, "Pink Fluid" Fish: Erik Olsen, "Catch At Dawn" Gulf of Mexico: William Camarota, "Colorful Caspersen Sunset" Human Impact: Veronika Kinga Havas, "Baby Born"

 

Congratulations again to all of our winners!  To see more of our staff favorites, be sure to check out our Instagram. If you submitted a photo to our contest, don’t forget to look for it in our 2016 Ocean Wildlife Calendar.

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Announcing Ocean Conservancy’s Summer Marine Wildlife and Seascape Photo Contest http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2014/06/11/announcing-ocean-conservancys-summer-marine-wildlife-and-seascape-photo-contest/ http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2014/06/11/announcing-ocean-conservancys-summer-marine-wildlife-and-seascape-photo-contest/#comments Wed, 11 Jun 2014 13:23:14 +0000 Jackie Yeary http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=8485 Today is the launch of Ocean Conservancy’s Marine Wildlife and Seascape Photo Contest!

Does your photography celebrate the ocean? We’d love to see it! This contest is designed for you to share beautiful imagery of our ocean, waterways and coasts.

Enter your photos today to help celebrate the ocean, raise money for ocean conservation, and win great prizes! We have moved our photo contest from the winter to the summer and are expecting this change to bring in even more amazing photos.

Here’s how it works:

  1. Upload your favorite ocean-themed photos by July 8. Only photos that you have taken are eligible for submission.
  2. Enter your photo into one of five categories: Human Impact, Fish, Arctic, Gulf of Mexico, Our Ocean.
  3. Tell your friends about your photos and ask them to vote for you! For each dollar they donate, you will receive one vote. Not only will they be supporting your work, but they will also be supporting ocean conservation and helping wildlife. The photo that receives the most eligible votes will be crowned People’s Choice. You can vote at any time!

We also have a professional panel of judges that will select the Grand Prize Winner and the five category winners based on the quality of the entries—no votes necessary.

Your photo could be featured in Ocean Conservancy’s 2016 Ocean Wildlife Calendar—even on the cover!

Click here to learn more about our photo contest and enter your photos today.

We look forward to seeing the amazing places your passion for the ocean has taken you!

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Does your photography celebrate the ocean? We’d love to see it! http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2014/01/21/does-your-photography-celebrate-the-ocean-wed-love-to-see-it/ http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2014/01/21/does-your-photography-celebrate-the-ocean-wed-love-to-see-it/#comments Tue, 21 Jan 2014 13:00:19 +0000 Jackie Yeary http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=7371

Our Marine Wildife and Seascape Photo Contest is designed for you to share beautiful imagery of our ocean, waterways and coasts. Enter your photos today to help celebrate the ocean, raise money for ocean conservation and win great prizes!

Here’s how it works:

  • Upload your favorite ocean themed photos by February 9 by visiting our website.
  • Tell your friends about your photos and ask them to vote for you! For every dollar they donate, they will receive one voting credit. Not only will they be supporting your work, but they will be supporting ocean conservation and helping wildlife. The photo that receives the most eligible votes will be crowned the People’s Choice.
  • We also have a professional panel of judges that will select the Grand Prize Winner and four finalists based on the quality of the entry—no votes necessary.

Your photo could be featured in Ocean Conservancy’s 2015 Ocean Wildlife Calendar—even on the cover! Other great prizes include a subscription to Scuba Magazine, a signed photograph from one of our judges, or an Ocean Conservancy grab bag. We’ll also be posting a daily staff-pick to our Instagram account.

Visit our website to learn more about our photo contest and enter your photos today!

We look forward to seeing the amazing places your passion for the ocean has taken you!

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Get Ready for the 2014 Photo Contest http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2014/01/08/get-ready-for-the-2014-photo-contest/ http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2014/01/08/get-ready-for-the-2014-photo-contest/#comments Wed, 08 Jan 2014 19:21:07 +0000 Jackie Yeary http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=7289

2013 Photo Contest: Phil Wrobel

Do you have a love for photography and the ocean? Then get your camera ready because we’re preparing for the start of our Marine Wildlife and Seascape Photo Contest!

Last year’s contest received over 600 entries! From colorful coral reefs to awe-inspiring seascapes, your images captured the beauty of the ocean. We look forward to seeing what images you create this year.

The contest will launch on January 21 and will run for three weeks. On February 9, the submission period will end, and voting will start. All entries will have a chance at being featured in our 2015 calendar. A few photographs may even appear on our Instagram account as a “staff pick.”

Photos entered in the contest must consist of marine wildlife or marine habitats, and must be photographed in a natural setting. Shots of aquariums, pools or other captive locations will not be accepted, nor will photographs of divers touching or stressing marine wildlife.

Two winners will be announced the week of March 10. The first will be our People’s Choice photo, which will be selected based on the number of votes it receives during our public voting period. The second will be our Critic’s choice photo, which will be selected by a panel of judges.

Our judges include Annie Griffiths, Ami Vitale, Enric Sala, Feo Pitcairn and Philippe Cousteau.

Look for more photo contest details in our emails and on Twitter and Facebook in the upcoming weeks. The emails will contain links to the photo contest website and instructions for entry.

Good luck to everyone! We look forward to seeing your amazing ocean images!

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Photographer Joshua Cripps Shares His Tips for Capturing the Ocean on Film http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2013/07/26/photography-tips-joshua-cripps/ http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2013/07/26/photography-tips-joshua-cripps/#comments Fri, 26 Jul 2013 23:15:59 +0000 Lauren Malkani http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=6288 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.

What tips do you have for budding photographers?

  • Take a lot of photos. Shoot until you can’t shoot anymore, and then shoot more. Shoot anything and everything that catches your fancy, but always ask yourself why you are taking that photo.
  • Find photos you love. Then figure out why you love them. What are the technical, compositional and processing techniques the photographer used to get you to feel the way you do? Break them down piece-by-piece and figure out why they work.
  • Find photos you don’t like. Then figure out why. Where is the photographer failing? Why don’t these photos work? Join critique groups and ask other photographers to offer you suggestions.
  • Take as many workshops as you can afford. There is no single better or faster way to become a better photographer than by learning from photographers who are more experienced and can help steer you in the right direction for your art.

What attracts you to the ocean as a photographic subject?

Simply put, the ocean is the most dynamic landscape I can think of. It changes from month to month, day to day and even second to second. I’ve been to beaches where within a single 24-hour period, hundreds of tons of sand have been scooped from one end of the beach and deposited on the other, exposing certain rocks and burying others.

When shooting waves, a mere half-second pause between photos can create images of startling difference. The ocean is a place where all aspects of photography come together to create some of the most fun and dynamic image-making I’ve experienced.

Do you think photography can help raise awareness about ocean issues?

Absolutely. There’s no other form of media that has the instantaneous impact of a photo. A photo can be taken in at a glance but can tell a story with a richness and eloquence that words can’t match. Photos help people understand our planet and our ocean and the state they’re in.

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Starfish Galaxies: Joshua Cripps Shares the Story Behind His Award-Winning Photo http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2013/07/01/starfish-galaxies-joshua-cripps-shares-the-story-behind-his-award-winning-photo/ http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2013/07/01/starfish-galaxies-joshua-cripps-shares-the-story-behind-his-award-winning-photo/#comments Mon, 01 Jul 2013 18:00:02 +0000 Lauren Malkani http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=6225 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.

Was it difficult to shoot?

Yes and no. Shooting in the tidal zone is always challenging. You run the risk of being splashed by waves (which isn’t particularly good for your equipment), slipping on wet rocks or having a sneaky wave take you out completely. And yes, all three have happened to me numerous times.

But those experiences have made me more careful and confident in my abilities while shooting the ocean. And thankfully, in this spot the waves were fairly small, especially after being broken up coming through the rocks. So in this case the only real difficulty in getting the shot was dealing with wet feet as the tide rose.

How did you feel being there and taking the photo?

Like I’d found a pot of gold at the end of the rainbow. From my prior scouting, I knew how much potential this beach had for good photography, but I didn’t know exactly what I’d find when I hopped out toward these particular rocks.

When I saw the hundreds of starfish clinging to the rocks, I couldn’t believe my good fortune. Those sea stars—which, being from California, I found incredibly exotic—along with the stormy conditions of the day made me want to create as surreal and alien a photo as I could, so I used some long exposures to render the incoming waves as mist. And when the images on the back of my camera started to match my vision of the scene, it was an incredibly validating and rewarding feeling.

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