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Entries should convey contextual information pertaining to coral reef restoration actions, related citizen science, and ocean literacy activities. Photos should attract and engage public attention, evoking thoughts and emotions that motivate positive behavioral changes towards achieving the UN 2030 Sustainable Development Goals, as well as the vision of the UN Ocean Decade for Sustainable Development — ‘The science we need for the ocean we want!

The Competition is open to all who wish to contribute their work to this event that aims to illustrate the captivating beauty of coral reef ecosystem and inspires concrete actions in the Western Pacific.

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Photo Competition Categories and Prizes

The competition consists of the following three categories. Each applicant can only join in one category and submit one photo. The winners will be awarded cash prizes and certificates.

I. Youth competition: for those under 25 years of age as of 1 April, 2024
First prize winner will receive 500 USD, and the second and third prize winners will receive 200 USD each

II. Open competition: for those who will be older than 25 years of age after 1 April, 2024
First prize winner will receive 700 USD, and the second and third prize winners will receive 300 USD each

III. Special prize for the participants in the 2nd UN Ocean Decade Regional Conference & 11th WESTPAC International Marine Science Conference (22-25 April, 2024, Bangkok, Thailand)
First prize winner will receives 300 USD, and the second and third prize winners will receive 100 USD each

* More information on the conference is available here https://www.iocwestpac2024.com/

Digital Image Requirements

• The photo shall be taken in the Western Pacific.
• Each Image should be submitted in JPEG format in a minimum dimension of 3,000 pixels. A high-resolution version of the photograph may be requested for exhibition and relevant purpose.
• Each image should be submitted with a maximum 200-word caption in English explaining the story behind the image that relevant to coral reef restoration, indicating where and when the image was taken, entry must include proper credit to the photographer(s)

Competition Period

The Competition begins on 24 January 2024, and closes at 11.59 p.m. (Bangkok time, GMT+7) 15 March 2024. The final announcement of winners will be made on 25 April 2024 at the closing ceremony of the 2nd UN Ocean Decade Regional Conference & 11th WESTPAC International Marine Science Conference.

Image Rights

Entrant shall guarantee that he/she owns the copyright of the submitted image. By entering the Competition, each entrant grants to the Photo Competition organizers (IOC/WESTPAC, Chulalongkorn University, the Department of Marine and Coastal Resources, Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment, Thailand, and Valeura Energy Inc.) a non-exclusive, non-irrevocable copyright to reproduce, publish, and display submitted images with credits to the photographer, for media coverage and promotional materials of the event and future competitions, and for science communication and educational activities across social medias.


Submit the image in required format with a complete Entry Form at link https://ioc-westpac.org/photo competition/Annex-EntryForm.docx

Send to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. by 11.59 p.m. (Bangkok time, GMT+7) 15 March, 2024.

Additional Information

The competition will be judged by a panel of experienced experts including photographers, scientists and marine resource managers. The panel reserve the right not to award prize should there be insufficient entries. The panel’s decision is final, and no correspondence will be entered into.


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The ocean covers the majority of the earth, but only a small portion of its waters has been explored. Despite humanity’s utter reliance on it, and compared to the breadth and depth of what it gives us, the ocean receives only a fragment of our attention and resources in return.

But tides are changing!!!

To celebrate the United Nations World Oceans Day 2023 theme, Planet Ocean, the United Nations is joining forces with decision makers, scientists, private sector executives, civil society representatives, indigenous communities, celebrities and youth activists and more to put the ocean first.

Join us on 8 June 2023 for United Nations World Oceans Day hosted by the Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea of the Office of Legal Affairs in partnership with Oceanic Global and supported by Panerai, with contribution by Discover Earth.

Through the UN World Oceans Day 2023 theme Planet Ocean: Tides are Changing, We will discover how Earth is more than it may seem, and generate a new wave of excitement towards cherishing and protecting the ocean and the entirety of our blue planet.

Through a series of keynotes, roundtable discussions, spotlight presentations, and performances, the day will underscore humanity’s interconnectivity to the ocean and illustrate its cross-sector potential. Global thought leaders and advocates will also shed light on missed opportunities and ongoing work to bridge gaps across representation, knowledge, and capacity building to better understand the ocean for all that it has to offer – and for the wonder that it is

Register to watch the virtual event at link https://unworldoceansday.org/un-world-oceans-day-2023/ 

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(Source: UN World Ocean Day)