World Oceans Day Photo Competition Results


The winners of the United Nations World Oceans Day Photo Competition were announced during the first UN World Oceans Day 2020 Virtual Event on June 8, 2020. 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.

Ten judges announced the first, second and third place images from around the world in 10 categories during a 20-minute video segment. A 2020 World Oceans Day Theme winner was also selected by the organizers. The team of judges comprised the guest judge for the theme, Jim Standing; and the panel of judges, Adriana Basques, Adam Hanlon, Jill Heinerth, Darren Jew, Jane Morgan, Amos Nachoum, Miriam Stein Battles, David Salvatori, and John Thet.

Congratulations to Joanna Smart for her winning image in the World Oceans Day 2020 theme category “Innovation for a Sustainable Ocean”.

2020 UNWOD Innovation 1st Place Joanna Smart

Category winners

2020 UNWOD Above Water Seascapes 1st Place Geo Cloete

2020 UNWOD Clean Our Oceans 1st Place Sirachai Arunrugstichai

2020 UNWOD Human Interaction 1st Place Renata Romeo

2020 UNWOD Ocean Photo Art 1st Place Francisco Sedano

2020 UNWOD Rejuvenation 1st Place Leighton Lum

2020 UNWOD Science in Action 1st Place Matthew Potenski

2020 UNWOD Underwater Life 1st Place Michael Gallagher

2020 UNWOD Underwater Seascapes 1st Place Hannes Klostermann

2020 UNWOD Youth 1st Place Kyla McLay

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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

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