Underwater Photo Grand Prix
19 Years | 854 Winners | $276,000 Cash

Theme: The Impact of Plastic on Our Oceans

This year's Environmental category focuses on the critical issue of plastic pollution in our oceans.
We invite you to showcase the impact of plastic, from large debris to microplastics, on marine life
and ecosystems. Let your creativity flow to raise awareness and inspire action!

Submission Requirements:


  • Submit 3 original underwater photographs captured between November 2nd, 2023, and November 1st, 2024, in JPEG format with a maximum long edge of 1,500 pixels.
  • Images must emphasize a campaign for environmental conservation, which includes protest, alternative, and management. The campaign can show mutual benefit and a supportive relationship between human activities and the underwater world.

    Processed Images:
  • You can submit three additional, creatively processed versions of your original photographs. These can incorporate AI or artistic enhancements, but the core message and content should remain true to your original capture. relationship between human activities and the underwater world.

Campaign Message (Optional, 50-150 words):

  • If applicable, provide a title and brief description of a potential campaign inspired by your images. This could be a call to action focused on protest, alternative solutions, or management strategies.

Judging Criteria:

  • Impact: The power of your images to raise awareness and spark conversation about plastic pollution.
  • Creativity: Originality and artistic merit in both the original captures and any processed versions.
  • Technical Skill: Skilled use of editing or AI tools (if used) to enhance the image without compromising its integrity.
  • Storytelling: The effectiveness of your visuals and written description in weaving a compelling narrative.
  • Collaboration: Collaborating with an artist or graphic designer to enhance your processed images is permitted. However, the core message and content must remain true to your original capture.

    Here are samples that the competition art director Shlomo Cohen created.


  • 1st prize

    Dive trip to Papua New Guinea for 2 people board MV OCEANIA prizes value USD 11.640
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  • 2nd Prize

    To be announced soon 

  • 3rd prize

    To be announced soon