50% of the world's coral reefs are under threat of collapse


Competition entries are invited in the following categories.

Nature’s Assets

Images in this theme will be judged on their power to inspire a greater appreciation of the natural riches of our blue world. They might for example convey the beauty and wonders of marine wildlife, of coral reefs, sea grass meadows, kelp forests, marshes or mangroves.

People and the Oceans

Images in this theme will be judged on their ability to convey the interdependence between the human world and that of the oceans, seas and coastal environments. Winning entries might, for example, emphasize how healthy marine environments sustain people’s welfare through fishing or tourism.

Human Impacts

Images submitted in this category will be judged on the extent to which they might raise awareness about the different ways in which the human race can impact on oceans, whether positively or negatively.

Within each theme there will be a category for over eighteen-year-olds and under eighteens. Prizes will be awarded to one over –eighteen year old winner and one under eighteen year old winner. Runner-up’s will also be selected from each theme.

In addition, the photography which receives the highest number of ‘likes’ expressed by viewers of an on-line gallery of entries will receive a highly commended award and the judges will recognize the best pictures taken with phone cameras. One overall winner will be selected from all of these category winners.

The winning entries will be showcased at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting that will take place in Malta in November 2015 through an exhibition that will be in place for the run up to and during the Heads of Government meetings.

The competition will be open across the Commonwealth and in keeping with the ‘Young Commonwealth’ theme for 2015 there will be particular encouragement for entries from young photographers. Smart phone entries are also explicity encouraged.

Enter the Competition

The competition runs from 8th June until 6th September. Please see the Prizes page for details of what you might win.