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Ocean Visuals evidence-based image collection

By Toby Smith on October 26, 2022

Fishermen in Bangladesh pray for a benevolent sea before going fishing, after one of the strongest cyclones to hit the country killed thousands of fishermen at sea.

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.

    • New image collection is now freely available to non-profits, media and educators for impactful storytelling around COP27 and beyond
    • Open call for photography took place from 1 – 14 September 2022
    • 93 photos were selected based on the evidence-based brief provided
    • Photos were selected by a diverse and independent jury, in consultation with an advisory board to ensure best practice in the issues of diversity, equity, inclusion, ethics and representation
    • There was a $1,000 USD license fee per photo selected

The collection is being prominently  featured at the COP27 conference in events and exhibitions.

The collection was highlighted in the Guardian as well as in The Times.

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

Explore the collection on our Climate Visuals website

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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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