HRH The Prince of Wales invites entries for ‘Out of the Blue’ – a new photography competition to celebrate the importance and beauty of our Blue Planet

Today, on World Oceans Day, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales is launching a new photography competition across the Commonwealth called ‘Out of the Blue’. Two-thirds of our planet are blue, blanketed by oceans and seas of water, that vital substance by which all life on earth is made possible. Our oceans are host to the vast majority of life on this planet and hold some of our most diverse ecosystems. Throughout history, they have moved and inspired us with their beauty and supported us with their bounty – after all, ocean life produces half of the world’s oxygen and enough fish to feed millions of people. But our oceans are under threat: climate change, over-fishing, habitat destruction on an epic scale and pollution of all kinds are jeopardizing the health of our oceans and their ability to provide for us.

A vast area of our global ocean lies within the jurisdiction of Commonwealth countries. More than half of Commonwealth countries are islands, to whom ocean matters are of vital importance. Out of the Blue sets out to showcase the wonder and value of the Commonwealth’s ‘blue’ capital and the human life it supports. Good pictures can tell stories in ways that words sometimes cannot. ‘Out of the Blue’ hopes to inspire Commonwealth citizens to explore the marine environment around them and submit photographs that celebrate its beauty, highlight its importance and alert global leaders to its vulnerability.

A great opportunity to showcase the value and importance of our Blue Planet is coming in November 2015. The Heads of Commonwealth Governments will meet together in Malta to discuss issues of critical global importance, including the future of the planet’s Blue Economy – that is, the economic activity that is dependent on oceans, seas and coasts.

Winning photographs will be exhibited in Malta in November 2015 so by submitting entries to this new competition, people of the Commonwealth can help to encourage global leaders to take positive action and adopt more of the solutions that we know are at hand to protect and use natural resources in a sustainable way.

The competition is open to all Commonwealth citizens from the 8th of June until 6th September 2015.

Enter the competition