June 8, 2021 New York, NY - The winners of the United Nations World Oceans Day Photo Competition were announced during the second UN World Oceans Day 2021 Virtual Event on June 8, 2021. The event and competition are coordinated by the UN Division for Ocean Affairs and the Law of the Sea, Office of Legal Affairs, and were produced in partnership with Oceanic Global. The competition is curated by Ellen Cuylaerts, hosted by DivePhotoGuide (DPG), and made possible in part through the support of the Blancpain Ocean Commitment.
The judges and curator announced the first, second and third place images from around the world in six categories during a 15-minute video segment. This year’s judges were Jennifer Hayes, Julian Lennon, Joakim Odelberg, Ipah Uid Lynn, and Michel Strogoff.
Congratulations to the category winners, Renee Capozzola (“The Ocean: Life & Livelihoods”), Pawel Zygmunt (“Above Water Seascapes”), Nur Tucker (“Underwater Seascapes”), Francisco Sedano (“Digital Ocean Photo Art”), Sayaka Ichinoseki (“Faces of the Sea”), and Tom St George (“Oceanic Discoveries”); and to all the runners-up.
All participants signed a Charter of 14 commitments regarding ethics in photography.
Here is the list of all the winners in the six categories:
Category: The Ocean: Life & Livelihoods
Winner: Renee Capozzola, USA
2nd Place: Jacopo Brunetti, Italy
3rd Place: Henley Spiers, UK
Honorable Mention: Victor Núñez, Spain
Category: Above Water Seascapes
Winner: Pawel Zygmunt, Poland
2nd Place: Christophe Mason-Parker, UK
3rd Place: Rafael Fernandez Caballero, Spain
Honorable Mention: Matthew Meier, USA
Category: Underwater Seascapes
Winner: Nur Tucker, UK
2nd Place: Marchione Giacome, Italy
3rd Place: Kevin De Vree, Belgium
Category: Digital Ocean Photo Art
Winner: Francisco Sedano, Spain
2nd Place: Brett Stanley, Australia
3rd Place: Renata Romeo, Italy
Category: Faces of the Sea
Winner: Sayaka Ichinoseki, Japan
2nd Place: Sam Briggs, USA
3rd Place: Evans Baudin, USA
Category: Oceanic Discoveries
Winner: Tom St George, UK
2nd Place: Hannes Klostermann, Germany
3rd Place: Sirachai Arunrugstichai, Thailand