Explorer’s Choice Photo Contest

June is World Oceans Month! In 2020, the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research revisited images from past expeditions on NOAA Ship Okeanos Explorer and asked the public for help choosing the best of the best to tell our tales of ocean exploration and honor our ocean.

Each week for the six weeks leading up to June, we posted a series of images focused on a different deep-ocean theme, many of which had never been shared before.

On June 2, to kick off our celebration of World Oceans Month, we announced the winners of our Explorer’s Choice Photo Contest by releasing them as a series of digital e-cards for you to use to help spread the love for our ocean during World Oceans Month.

Visit the Explorer's Choice Photo Contest Archive to see the winners and all the original contenders.

Note that all of the images are in the public domain, so free to use without restrictions; images should be credited to the NOAA Office of Ocean Exploration and Research.