Matthew Potenski, an experienced shark biologist, captured this image of a baitfish shoal in the Bahamas, ready to retreat to the protection of the mangroves at the first sign of a predator.
SeaWeb, an international non-profit ocean conservation organization, has announced the six finalists of the Marine Photobank’s fifth annual Ocean In Focus photography contest. The six images chosen as finalists tell stories of peril, passion and perseverance in the ocean and coastal communities, and have been contributed from around the world. The contest aims to illuminate the human-ocean connection and advance ocean conservation through photography.
“The photo contest receives hundreds of compelling images showing the true nature of human activity on a fragile ocean and coastal ecosystems,” said Devin Harvey, Marine Photobank Manager. “These six finalists really get to the core of the human-ocean connection with their photos and tell an incredible story – even without words. We look forward to reading the real stories behind the images and sharing them with our audiences.”
A panel of judges, who are experts in their respective fields, have handpicked six talented finalists. The finalists are now invited to dive deeper into the images they have captured to bring us all behind the lens, and in some cases under the surface of the sea, with an essay component. The next phase of the contest will include a written essay describing how these compelling images display the issues that our ocean is currently facing.
The grand prize winner will be rewarded with a trip for two aboard the National Geographic Endeavour for a 10-day expedition to the Galápagos Islands courtesy of Lindblad Expeditions, the expedition travel company that voyages the world in alliance with the National Geographic Society.
The Marine Photobank, a project of SeaWeb, encourages ocean conservation by collecting and providing compelling, high quality marine photos, images and graphics at no cost for non-commercial use as well as for media use under special terms.
For more information and to see the photos of the six winners, visit the Marine Photobank website