Blue water mangroves are vital to the health and well being of our coral reef ecosystem. They help stabilize shorelines, remove pollutants, improve water quality, and provide nursery habitat for juvenile fish.  From beneath the surface the mangrove canopy is visible through the shallow water and adds a surreal quality to the image. This image was taken in Raja Ampat, Indonesia.  

2016 World Oceans Day Theme Winner: Beth Watson, USA




"Photography is a niche that allows me to express my creativity which fuels the artistic portion of my soul.  My objective is to create unique, impactful, thought-provoking imagery ~ artwork."

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Beth Watson, Photographer

United States

The Contest Co-Coordinators would like to thank the following Judges:


Rodolfo Werner Kinkelin, Advisor to the Antarctic Southern Ocean Coalition (ASOC) and the Pew Charitable Trusts (Argentina)

Shawn Heinrichs, Founder of Blue Sphere Media, Associate Director of the Manta Trust (Colorado, USA)

Kristal Ambrose, Founder of the Bahamas Plastic Movement (Bahamas)

Nainoa Thompson, President of the Polynesian Voyaging Society (Hawaii, USA)

Jayne Jenkins, Ambassador for Olympus Digital Cameras, Vice President for the Australasian Our World Underwater Scholarship Society (Australia)


World Oceans Day Youth Advisory Council

(Caitlin Philipps, Australia, Gabriella Schauber, Canada, Brandon Koots, Curacao, Sang-Jin Kim, Germany, Nehara Pandey, India, Melati Wijsen, Indonesia, Mohammed Wahabi, Morocco, Oghenechovwen C. Oghenekevwe, Nigeria, Eugenia Barroca, Portugal, Latisha Parkinson, Trinidad and Tobago, Baylee Ritter, USA)

Winners and finalists of the thematic categories


  • Underwater Seascapes

  • Above Water Seascapes

  • Underwater Life

  • Youth

  • Human Interaction