80% of all life on earth lives in our seas and our oceans

Out of the Blue Organizing Team

The Out of the Blue Prince of Wales’s Commonwealth Environmental Photography Awards are a result of collaboration between three organizations. Led by The Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit, the Organizing Team also consists of The Royal Commonwealth Society and National Geographic’s Pristine Seas Program.

The Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit

The Prince of Wales’s ISU evolved from The Prince’s Rainforest Project in 2010. It seeks to build consensus around solutions to some of the key environmental challenges facing the world, namely tropical deforestation, how best to achieve food, energy and water security and ensure healthy marine fish stocks. The ISU works with public, private and non-governmental organizations, helping to strengthen partnerships between them.

The aim of the ISU’s Marine Programme is to build consensus on how the world’s fish stocks can be managed in a more sustainable way, and on the need to manage them in the context of other marine life and the broader ocean ecosystem.

Reports written by the ISU can be found here: http://www.pcfisu.org/resources/.

International Sustainability Unit

National Geographic Pristine Seas

Through its Pristine Seas project led by Explorer-in-Residence Dr. Enric Sala, National Geographic seeks to protect the last wild places in the ocean. Pristine Seas has conducted 13 expeditions and has helped to preserve over 2.2 million square kilometers of ocean territory. The project continues to support the United Nations’ global goal of fully protecting 10% of the ocean by 2020. More information can be found at: http://ocean.nationalgeographic.com/ocean/explore/pristine-seas/

National Geographic Pristine Seas

The Royal Commonwealth Society

The Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) advocates positive social change through its programmes, competitions and publications. Developing dialogue by convening individuals and organisations across its vast pan-Commonwealth networks, it promotes the value and values of the Commonwealth for the benefit of its peoples. More information can be found at: www.thercs.org

The Royal Commonwealth Society