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Ocean in Focus

Conservation Photo Contest 2011

Win a Trip to the Galapagos Islands!

Imagine yourself leaning over the edge of the National Geographic Endeavor, a Lindblad Expeditions ship, the Galapagos Islands in your crosshairs as the sun rises over these ecologically critical islands. You capture the iconic photo and the excitement swells as you anticipate the days ahead filled with kayaking, snorkeling, photography expeditions and much more.

Lindblad Expeditions
2008 Michael S. Nolan
© 2008 Michael S. Nolan

Join the Marine Photobank as a contributing photographer, donate your most compelling ocean conservation photos, and you could win the Grand Prize: a two-person cabin on a
10-day Lindblad Expeditions trip to the Galapagos!

This contest calls on photographers of all skill levels to compete and donate photos illustrating the many human impacts on marine life and marine ecosystems as well as ways in which people are working to turn the tide on ocean degradation. Photos contributed to the Marine Photobank will be available to download for free for our membership of teachers, students, researchers, conservationists, scientists and other non-commercial users as well as media under specified media usage terms. Images downloaded from the Marine Photobank must NOT be used for commercial purposes. Help us raise ocean awareness with your photography today.

Check out the other incredible [prizes], such as the First Place prize of seven days, of diving, from Matava eco-resort in Fiji!  We will also offer carbon offsets from NativeEnergy to each prize-winner.  You can also win gift certificates to Backscatter Underwater Video and Photo for new gear as well as large photo prints from photographer Bob Talbot. Learn more about all of the exciting prizes.


Prize-winning photos from past Ocean in Focus contests:

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Submitting Images to the Marine Photobank:

Register on the Marine Photobank (It’s Free!)

1. Login to the Marine Photobank (if you are not a Contributor Member, update your membership status). If you do not have an account, register here as a Contributor Member.

2. Once you are logged in you may contribute photos.

3. If you are a new member, please be patient while we review your application. Once you receive a membership acceptance e-mail, you may upload your photos.

Attention Registered Contributors

Please be sure to login to your account and confirm that we have an up-to-date e-mail address on record. If you win, we will need to contact you!

Read the RULES

Upload Your Photos

We cannot guarantee that your image will be entered into the contest if you have not properly labeled and provided detailed information with your photo. See below for details. Images should be uploaded at the highest available resolution, but must be under 5MB each.

1) Label Your Photos. REMEMBER: Limit 10 photos per photographer.

To help us keep organized, please label your photos, either in the file name OR the Title field of the upload page (please be consistent) with the word “Contest 1.” Label subsequent entries as numbers 2,3,4 and so on up to 10. (i.e. Contest 1, Contest 2, Contest 3, etc.)

We never get tired of seeing your photos, so please feel free to donate more than 10 photos, but be sure to label which photos you wish to enter into the contest.

2) Photographer Name and Credit.

It is essential that you include your name on the upload page. You may not submit photos for other people. Anyone who would like to compete in the contest must open their own account for contact purposes. Please specify in the Credit Statement field if you wish to be contacted my Media members prior to their use. We will fill in the credit statement field with our preferred credit statement language based on your preferences.

3) Select the Photo Contest 2011 Gallery.

After you have filled out the information fields on the photo upload page, select the gallery Photo Contest 2011. You may also select other appropriate galleries in which you think the photos belong.

4) Be thorough and include detail. The photo is only as good as what you have to tell us about it.

Be sure to include a description of the image as well as any interesting information about what it took to get the shot, what marine issue is being addressed in the photo, etc. Information we recommend you include:

  • Who took the photo?
  • Where was the photo taken?
  • What ocean issue does this concern?
  • Why does this matter to you?

Then submit the photo.

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Contest Rules:

1. Photographers can enter a maximum of 10 photos into the contest. If submitting multiple photos of the same subject, please be sure to submit your best photos from the series and be sure they tell a compelling story. (The remainder can be submitted to the Marine Photobank cause rather than the contest.)

2. Photos will not be accepted in which animals, plants or objects have been staged.

3. By submitting your photos, you are stating that no species were harassed or harmed nor were ecosystems disturbed or damaged in the process of obtaining your photo. Violators of this rule will not be entered in this or future competitions.

4. Images cannot be digitally manipulated, aside from basic changes such as light levels, etc.

5. Submissions will be accepted from professional and amateur photographers. In order to submit your photos, visit the Marine Photobank registration page.

6. All photos submitted will be subject to the Marine Photobank image usage terms. Therefore, once the contest is complete, images will be available to a global network of researchers, educators, students, conservationists and concerned citizens to use for non-commercial, conservation purposes. Media use is allowed under terms specified by the photographer in the copyright statement.

7. Current Marine Photobank photographers are eligible to submit images if the image is not already in the collection.

8. Photo entries from SeaWeb staff will not be accepted.

9. The submission deadline is Friday, September 30, 2011, at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time.

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Contest Prizes:

We would like to say a massive THANK YOU to all of our generous prize donors for their in-kind donations to this effort. Each of them recognizes the power of visual communication to affect change around the way we interact with the ocean and we ask that you visit their websites and learn more about these great prize donors. This contest would not be possible without their support.

Lindblad Expeditions has graciously donated a cabin for two aboard the National Geographic Endeavour for a 10-day trip to the Galapagos Islands! Carbon offsets from NativeEnergy for the equivalent emissions from 2 people flying roundtrip from JFK to Ecuador and 16,000 miles driving (13 tons total).    More Details >>

TERMS AND RESTRICTIONS: One category 1 or 2 cabin for two for a departure between November 1, 2011 and November 1, 2012. Final departure date based upon availability by Lindblad Expeditions. Confirmation is given 45 days prior to sailing. Donation does not include air transportation; baggage, accident, or cancellation insurance; items of a personal nature, such as alcoholic beverages, gift shop, etc.; passport expenses; extension; gratuities to ship's crew at traveler's discretion.

First Prize:
Seven nights Oceanview Bure for one at Matava, Fiji's Premier Eco Adventure Resort, including five days of two-tank morning dives (10 dives) for one, all day free access to shore diving, a traditional Lovo Feast and Kava ceremony. Carbon offsets from NativeEnergy for the equivalent of driving 16,000 miles in the average US car. More details >>

Prize includes:

  • 7 nights Oceanview Bure for one (1) at Matava - Fiji's Premier Eco Adventure Resort
  • 5 days 2-tank morning dives (10 dives) for one (1) with Mad Fish Dive Centre, Matava's on site
  • PADI 5 Star Dive Centre
  • All day free access to shore diving at The Critter Junction
  • Traditional Lovo Feast and Kava ceremony
  • All meals (breakfast, lunch, dinner, unlimited tea/coffee)
  • Boat transfers to/from Kadavu airport
  • All taxes

Not Included:

  • International air to/from Fiji
  • Domestic air to/from Kadavu

Terms and Restrictions:

  • Prize is valid until March 31st, 2012
  • All requests must be made within 60 days prior to the intended departure date.
  • This prize is non-transferable and holds no cash value.
  • Prize based on a double occupancy booking being made.
  • There is a black out period 4 days before/after any major holiday or school vacation.
  • Reservations must be made direct through our resort office by emailing our reservations info@Matava.com. Please make all requests by email and include up to three (3) choice dates and a copy of this prize winner letter. Please also note your address, telephone number and your travelling
  • companion.
Honorable Mention Prizes (2):

Honorable Mention for Most Hopeful Image:
To be awarded to the photographer who contributes the most hopeful, inspiring image that best illustrates our capacity to improve and conserve marine species or resources.

Autographed copy from wildlife filmmaker Chris Palmer of “Shooting in the Wild: An Insider’s Account of Making Movies in the Animal Kingdom.” A DVD of “Dolphins” from Macgillivray Freeman Films. Carbon offsets from NativeEnergy for the equivalent of driving 6,000 miles in the average US car (3 tons) .

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Thank You to Our Prize Donors!

Lindblad Expeditions  
Lindblad Expeditions  
Matava eco-resort
Native Energy Logo The Talbot Collection
NativeEnergy Bob Talbot Productions
Shooting in the Wild by Chris PalmerDolphins, MacGillivray Freeman
Great White Bear by Kieran MulvaneyStrange Days on Planet Earth 2, by NatGeo and Sea Studios

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