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Announcing Ocean Visuals!

By Toby Smith on June 8, 2022

Qeqertaq Arnatassiaq and Niels Molgard divert an iceberg in Greenland with their powerful little boat.

Visual media is vital to connect with audiences – but ocean, coastal and climate imagery is often ineffective, inaccessible or absent. Communicators and editors resort to using the same familiar metaphors, poorly representing people’s experiences and connecting with a very limited sector of the world’s population – missing a vital opportunity for real and lasting public engagement.

The Ocean Visuals project aims to catalyse a new evidence-based collection of impactful and truly diverse ocean and coastal climate imagery – all freely accessible to the media, non-profit sector and education sector in the’ Ocean Super Year’, the run up to COP27 and beyond into the UN Decade of Ocean Science.

    • Open call photography brief available end of August 2022
    • Free to enter from 1 – 14 September 2022
    • 100 photographs will be selected by a diverse and independent jury
    • $1,000 USD license fee per photograph selected
    • New image collection made freely available to non-profits, media and educators for impactful storytelling at COP27 and beyond

Ocean Visuals is a collaboration between Climate Visuals and Communications Inc, funded by Erol, the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation and the David and Lucile Packard Foundation.

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Below are some of the ocean-related selections of our open call for climate photography last year in collaboration with TED Countdown.

The effect of increasing water levels in the lowest area of Bengal. Sometimes high tide time water flows in the homes - this is due to havoc caused by changes in climate in recent years.
It is not yet dawn, but Mike Winkler, a Quinault Indian, has already been digging in the wet sand along the edge of the ocean for hours.
Working to prevent further land erosion on Ghoramara Island, India
In order to find a solution for a future model of sustainable agriculture, Sergio Gamberini created Nemo's Garden, the first underwater greenhouses in the world.
Two men load solar panels on a boat in Turkana County, Kenya.
Children on a flooded riverbank in Bhola, Bangladesh

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By Toby Smith

Toby is the Visuals and Media Programme Lead, with a strategic goal of expanding our presence, influence and impact in the visual and media sectors. He joins us with over 12 years experience as an award-winning environmental photographer who focuses on building innovative and global stories through collaboration and publication in leading editorial outlets.  

Toby graduated with a Masters in Photography from London College of Communication in 2008 after spending 2 years working across Africa utilising his bachelors degree in Zoology and Environmental Science. He is an Associate Scholar of the University of Cambridge Conservation Research Institute and lives near Stroud with his wife and son.

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