Ocean Exploration 2020: Photo Contest Rules

Sunset in the Celebes Sea

We asked you to help us get inspired about ocean exploration by celebrating the beauty and wonder of the ocean in pictures by submitting your best ocean photos for a chance to win the Ocean Exploration 2020 Photo Contest. We are proud to announce the finalists from each category:



Contest Rules:

Photos will be accepted for the following categories:



In July, 100 of the top ocean explorers will gather at Ocean Exploration 2020: A National Forum to shape our nation’s ocean exploration program and to develop a strategy for getting to that program. In addition to invited attendees, we will be asking the online community (including YOU!) for input as well.

We are looking for photos that, as part of Ocean Exploration 2020, will help us raise awareness about the value of our ocean and the importance in exploring and understanding this largely unknown frontier.


Who’s Eligible to Enter?


What Do I Win?




How are Photos Judged?

Photos will be judged on the following criteria:

A jury comprised of Michael T. Jones (the brains behind Google Earth), NOAA, and the Aquarium of the Pacific staff will select one winner per category. Winners will be notified via email by June 7, 2013.



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