Thursday, 25 December 2008

Winning Eco Image Nets Diving Package

Underwater photographers contribute to conservation in unique photo contest

Rather than typical beauty shots, Project AWARE Foundation and SeaWeb’s Ocean in Focus Conservation Photography Contest attracted hundreds of images not seen in calendars or proudly placed in one’s living room. Rather, these shots delivered a more sobering message about the human impacts to our ocean. 

Grand prize winner Tom Campbell received highest honors for his shot, a California sea lion caught in a deep water drift net. Campbell believes that most images with visual impact are not taken by design. “When a photographer comes across such an unfortunate sight as I did, we have the opportunity to shoot and share a compelling, disturbing image to help show what’s happening beneath the surface of the sea,” said Campbell.

Campbell will receive a total Grand Prize package worth more than $2,000 including a seven-night stay at Plaza Resort Bonaire, $250 gift certificate to Backscatter Underwater Video and Photo, 16 tons of carbon offsets from NativeEnergy and a signed copy of the National Geographic book Wild Ocean by authors Dr. Sylvia Earle and Wolcott Henry. .

Contest categories were: Species of Concern/Ecosystem Decline and Humans and the Ocean: Impacts and Solutions. Photos were judged by Dr. Sylvia Earle – Oceanographer and National Geographic Explorer in Residence; Bob Talbot, world renowned photographer and filmmaker; Wolcott Henry, world renowned photographer and President of The Curtis and Edith Munson Foundation; and Ty Sawyer, Editor-in-Chief of Sport Diver magazine. Prizes were donated by Plaza Resort Bonaire; Backscatter Underwater Video and Light; NativeEnergy; and National Geographic. Winners Claire Fackler, Steve Spring, Marco Carè and Steve Whitford were also awarded prizes recognizing their photographic achievements.

“The impacts to our ocean environments go unseen by most of society,” said Earle. “This photo contest has illuminated those perils through imagery and engaged hundreds of photographers worldwide to point their cameras more towards the threats and challenges facing our ocean.”

The winning photos and other noteworthy submissions can be viewed at, a project of SeaWeb.

Photographers and conservationists of all experience levels are encouraged to contribute environmental images to SeaWeb’s Marine Photobank and show support for conservation through Project AWARE Foundation. These images help researchers, educators, non-governmental organizations and the media depict ocean issues.
Marine Photobank

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