Ocean Currents » photography http://blog.oceanconservancy.org News, opinions, photos and facts from Ocean Conservancy Thu, 28 Jul 2016 16:57:11 +0000 en-US hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.4.2 Announcing the Winners of the 2015 Marine Wildlife and Seascape Photo Contest http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2015/08/05/announcing-the-winners-of-the-2015-marine-wildlife-and-seascape-photo-contest/ http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2015/08/05/announcing-the-winners-of-the-2015-marine-wildlife-and-seascape-photo-contest/#comments Wed, 05 Aug 2015 18:12:37 +0000 Jackie Yeary http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=10616 "Survival" by Ben Hicks "Lunge Feeding" by Emma Levy "Bald Eagle on Ice" by Elaine Hester "Burmese Leg Rower" by Jane Saull "Porcelain Crab in Anemone" by Kathy Krucker "Sealed In" by Jim Ingraham "Great Blue Heron at Dusk" by Bill Camarota


This summer, we asked all of you to submit your best photos to our 2015 Marine Wildlife and Seascape Photo Contest. We were amazed by all of the beautiful images that you submitted and incredibly grateful for those of you who voted. After weeks of deliberation, our judges have spoken! Here are the winners from this year’s photo contest!

A hearty congratulations to Emma Levy and Ben Hicks for claiming the top two prizes!

“Survival,” the photo by Ben Hicks, shows a baby loggerhead turtle swimming beneath some Sargassum seaweed in Boca Raton, Florida. Judges loved the expression Ben captured on the the little turtle’s face, as well as the colors of the Sargassum against the water, earning him the “Judges’ Choice” award. Ben was also a runner-up in our Winter 2014 Marine Wildlife and Seascape Photo Contest.

Emma’s photo, “Lunge Feeding” features two humpback whales feeding anchovies in their summer feeding grounds off of California. It received the highest number of public votes and earned the “People’s Choice” award.

This year’s contest also featured winners in the following categories:

  •  Arctic: “Eagle on Ice” by Elaine Hester
  • Ocean at Work: “Burmese Leg Rower” by Jane Saull
  • Marine Invertebrates: “Porcelain Crab in Anemone” by Kathy Krucker
  • Marine Mammals: “Sealed In” by Jim Ingraham
  • “Our Ocean” (General): “Great Blue Heron at Dusk” by Bill Camarota

Thank you again to everyone who participated in this year’s photo contest, as well as the panel of judges who made this contest possible. We look forward to seeing all of your entries next year!

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Enter the 2015 Marine Wildlife and Seascape Photo Contest http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2015/06/12/enter-the-2015-marine-wildlife-and-seascape-photo-contest/ http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2015/06/12/enter-the-2015-marine-wildlife-and-seascape-photo-contest/#comments Fri, 12 Jun 2015 17:28:18 +0000 Jackie Yeary http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=10316

That perfect sunrise while you were walking barefoot on the beach. That snorkel trip when a dolphin swam right up to you.

You know the feeling of getting the perfect photo. Now is your chance for everyone else to see it too!

Enter your pictures into the 2015 Marine Wildlife and Seascape Photo Contest now. Don’t wait. The deadline is June 23.

You just might see your photo on the next Ocean Conservancy calendar—that more than 100,000 people (including me) will have hanging on their wall. Plus you could win some wicked cool prizes.

This year’s prize categories include:

  • A gray whale blue bag from our partner Rockflowerpaper
  • A travel softshell cooler from Landshark Lager*
  • An Ocean Conservancy winter hat
  • An Ocean Conservancy plush animal
  • A one-year membership to Ocean Conservancy

After you enter, share the link with your family and friends for your chance to win the People’s Choice Award! Our panel of judges will select the Grand Prize Winner and the five category winners.

Good luck!

*Winners must be 21 or older to receive the Landshark Lager cooler.

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Tidal Anatomy http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2014/10/20/tidal-anatomy/ http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2014/10/20/tidal-anatomy/#comments Mon, 20 Oct 2014 21:11:09 +0000 Guest Blogger http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=9354  

Photo: John Madere

This blog post was written by John Madere, an award winning photographer. 

I’m pleased to announce that the book launch and exhibition of my Tidal Anatomy portrait series opens at Site 109 in Manhattan on October 21. The images are the result of two years of photographing surfers from an unlikely perspective with my camera placed high above the surfer and beach.

The inspiration for this project came to me while walking along the shore in Montauk, New York, on a raw, windy day in the Spring of 2013. An unusually harsh winter had radically altered the beach, leaving behind arresting scenes of strewn rocks, stratified clay, decaying driftwood, driven sand, and man made debris.

Read more at JohnMadere.com.


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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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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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“Midway” Film Tells Story of Plastics in Our Ocean Through Plight of Albatross http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2013/03/28/midway-film-tells-story-of-plastics-in-our-ocean-through-plight-of-albatross/ http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/2013/03/28/midway-film-tells-story-of-plastics-in-our-ocean-through-plight-of-albatross/#comments Thu, 28 Mar 2013 20:23:35 +0000 Sarah van Schagen http://blog.oceanconservancy.org/?p=5307

MIDWAY : trailer : a film by Chris Jordan from Midway on Vimeo.

Artist Chris Jordan is best known for his large-scale images that deconstruct huge numbers while making a statement about our mass consumption habits. For example, the tiny pieces of plastic in “Gyre” represent the pounds of plastic that enter the world’s ocean.

Jordan’s latest project, “Midway,” is a feature-length film that expands on the plastic pollution problem by focusing on the plastic fragments that fill up albatross stomachs as they try to feed in the open ocean. Scientists estimate that 4.5 metric tons of plastic arrive on Midway Atoll every year in the stomachs of the albatross.

The trailer includes some disturbing images of dead and dying birds, but as the narrator says, “Do we have the courage to face the realities of our time and allow ourselves to feel deeply enough that it transforms us and our future?” We can only hope the answer is “yes.”

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