LoginSite MapContact UsDonate SeaWeb.org
FacebookFlickr About UsPhoto CenterResourcesGet Involved

SeaWeb's Marine Photobank and Project AWARE Foundation
2nd Annual

Ocean in Focus
Conservation Photography Contest


2009 Grand Prize Winner - Mangrove and Bulldozer by Matthew PotenskiThe Grand Prize will be awarded to Matthew Potenski. Though Potenski spends his days as the director of field operations at The Shark Research Institute, the winning photo features quite a different subject. His intentions, in June of this year, were to take journalists interested in mangroves into a small lagoon where sharks could be found. Rather than sharks, they stumbled upon this backhoe hard at work dredging the lagoon. His shot of a defiant, young mangrove shoot, standing alone in the path of human destruction is truly inspiring. After showing the image to local authorities in South Bimini, Bahamas, Potenski learned that no permits for the developers to dredge in the area could be found.

Read SeaWeb's interview with Grand Prize winner Matthew Potenski >>
View the prizes page to see what the winners receive >>


2009 Winners for Each Category

Cat Shark Entangled, Croatia
Kaprije, Croatia
© Csaba Tokolyi/Marine Photobank
Register to download high res version>>

Sunfish Entangled in Tuna Net
Sardiny, Italy
© Alessio Viora/Marine Photobank
Register to download high res version>>

2nd Prize
2nd Prize
Volunteer Cleanup in Thailand
Phi Phi Island, Thailand
© Lawrence Alex Wu/Marine Photobank
Register to download high res version>>
Pollution from Ship Breaking
Sitakunda, Bangladesh
© Wahid Adnan/Marine Photobank
Register to download high res version>>

We would like to thank the many incredible photographers who competed in the contest this year. We enjoyed an excellent turnout, so the judging process was extremely difficult but also gratifying. These incredible photos are now available to our global membership of dedicated ocean educators, researchers, conservationists, students and environmental journalists.

This contest is a chance for us all to appreciate conservation photography and the power it can have to uncover the effects of human impact (both positive and negative) on our ocean ecosystems and resources. Our hope is that the images in the Marine Photobank collection will inspire action toward a healthier ocean and a healthier planet.

Contest Sponsored By:







Thank You to Our Prize Donors!

MATAVA eco resort logo

The Talbot Collection

Native Energy Logo
A Sea Change logo


Hannah Garrison, AZU

Too Precious To Wear