Life Under Water Photography Challenge – only days left to enter

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Life Under Water Challenge: New Travel Photography Contest Celebrating Marine Biodiversity Calls for Entries

A new photography contest has launched celebrating marine biodiversity in honour of World Environment Day and World Oceans Day.

Launched by social enterprise Positive Travel – an organisation promoting and developing sustainable travel options – the Life Under Water Challenge is calling for entries of incredible marine photography, from sea life, to underwater activities, to ocean landscapes. As well as stunning photography, the contest is looking for entries with stories of efforts to conserve and nurture our oceans and marine life behind the photos.

Up for grabs in the photography contest is three incredible luxury eco-stays for three winners of the contest. The three winning entries will include a Public Favourite choice, selected by an online public vote; a Judges’ Favourite, selected by an esteemed judging panel of eco-travel activists and influencers, and a Positive Travel Favourite selected by the Positive Travel team. Both the quality of the photography and the impact of the entrants’ positive actions to help our marine biodiversity will be assessed as part of the judging process.

The winner of the Public Favourite choice will receive a fabulous two-night stay at the blissful Fontsanta Hotel Thermal Spa & Wellness, a 5-star retreat located in Southern Mallorca.

On offer for the winning Judges’ Favourite is a three-night stay at the charming Nobnocket Boutique Inn, located in the iconic Martha’s Vineyard.

The Positive Travel Favourite will be treated to an exquisite three-night stay at the luxe Chateau St Pierre de Serjac in France.

Entries for the competition are open now. Entrants can submit their photo either on the online entry form or via Instagram. If entering via Instagram entrants must use the hashtag #LifeUnderWaterChallenge and tag @inspiring.positive.travel.

Positive Travel will select a shortlist of 20 finalists from all entries submitted, which will then move on to the next stage of the judging process.

The 20 shortlisted entries will open for a public vote on the Positive Travel site.

The winners of the Public Favourite and Judges’ Favourite will be announced on 5th June in line with World Environment Day, while the winner of the Positive Travel Favourite will be announced on World Oceans Day on 8th June.

Milena Stoyanova, CEO and Founder of Positive Travel says, “We are so excited to be launching our Life Under Water Challenge and we can’t wait to see the incredible entries submitted. We have launched this contest to celebrate marine biodiversity, which links with one of our key +principles of wildlife, biodiversity and natural habitat. We are looking for entries which not only capture the beauty of our oceans, but also showcase incredible positive action to protect our marine life.”

Full contest and prize details are available here.

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown

Nick and Caroline Robertson-Brown are a husband and wife team of underwater photographers. Both have degrees in environmental biology from Manchester University, with Caroline also having a masters in animal behaviour. Nick is a fellow of the Royal Photographic Society in underwater wildlife photography and he also has a masters in teaching. They are passionate about marine conservation and hope that their images can inspire people to look after the world's seas and oceans. Their Manchester-based company, Frogfish Photography, offers a wide range of services and advice. They offer tuition with their own tailor made course - the Complete Underwater Photography Award. The modules of the course have been written to complement the corresponding chapters in Nick's own book: Underwater Photography Art and Techniques. They also offer equipment sales and underwater photography trips in the UK and abroad. For more information visit www.frogfishphotography.com.

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