'Out of the Blue' is a new ocean-focused photography competition launched on World Oceans Day by The Prince of Wales, in partnership with The Royal Commonwealth Society and National Geographic Pristine Seas. In addition to the Out of the Blue Award, the overall winner of the competition will receive £5,000. The winning entrant will receive their Award as part of a ceremony on the margins of the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting in Malta. In addition, each category winner will receive £1,000.
On World Oceans Day, The Prince of Wales encouraged Commonwealth citizens to submit photographs that highlight the huge value of the ocean to humankind as well as the considerable challenges that it faces. Almost half of Commonwealth countries are island states whose future prosperity is inextricably linked to the future of the ocean.
The competition categories are aimed at encouraging entries that:
- portray the beauty and bounty of the ocean;
- the ways in which we are dependent upon it; and
- the impact that humans can have on the ocean should our activities go unchecked.
Entries can be submitted through the competition website (www.outofthebluecompetition.com) until 6 September. A panel of high-profile judges made up of professional photographers and marine experts will select winners and finalists in the three categories. Two Highly Commended awards will also be given to the best smart phone entry and to the entry that receives the highest number of public 'likes' on the Out of the Blue website.
All winning and finalist entries will be included in an exhibition to be shown in the margins of this year’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Malta in November.
The competition is a collaboration between The Prince of Wales's International Sustainability Unit (ISU), The Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) and National Geographic's Pristine Seas initiative.