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ANMM hosting Ocean Photographer of the Year

Beauty and plight, Oceanographic Magazine, November 2023

This year, the Ocean Photographer of the Year will travel to Sydney’s iconic Darling Harbour. Here, the Australian National Maritime Museum will, for the first time, host a 6-month exhibition showcasing all of 2023’s Ocean Photographer of the Year winners and finalists from 17 November.

Following the success of the open-air winners exhibition next to London’s famous Tower Bridge that was experienced by more than a million people in each of the last two years, the Ocean Photographer of the Year exhibition series will now come to Sydney in a world premiere exhibition.

From 17 November 2023, the Australian National Maritime Museum will exhibit over 100 photographs of beautiful and thought-provoking imagery from some of the world’s best ocean photographers that submitted their impactful images to this year’s awards.

The photographs reveal the full spectrum of ocean life through a wealth of drone, land and underwater images and include stunning imagery of wildlife encounters, seascapes, and beautiful interpretations of the human-ocean connection.

The Ocean Photographer of the Year exhibition will showcase all of 2023’s winners and finalists of the awards that, once again, attracted entrants from across the world – from amateurs and professionals alike.

Museum Director and CEO Ms Daryl Karp said: “We are so excited to be partnering with Oceanographic Magazine and their extraordinary global competition, Ocean Photographer of the Year. The vision of the team at the magazine has quickly established this photographic competition as one the best in the world.”

“As Australia’s museum of the sea, we have embraced the opportunity to display these amazing images from ocean photographers globally, creating an immersive exhibition experience, while encouraging visitors to consider their role in preserving the oceans around us,” she added.

(C) Jialing Cai.

(C) Peter Marshall.

Ocean Photographer the Year, produced by Oceanographic Magazine, in partnership with Blancpain, Arksen and Tourism Western Australia, is a celebration of the blue planet, as well as a platform to highlight the many issues it is facing.

Editorial director of Oceanographic Magazine and the Ocean Photographer of the Year, Will Harrison, commented: “We are delighted to be collaborating with the Australian National Maritime Museum to showcase this year’s beautiful and thought-provoking ocean imagery in a ground-breaking event. The exhibition marks the first time all imagery – finalists and winners alike, totalling more than 100 photographs – will be featured together in a physical gallery. It will be a spectacle; I can’t wait for the public to see it.”

The award sees ocean photographers of all disciplines and experience levels, amateurs and professionals alike, invited to submit their most impactful imagery to be judged by a panel of some of the world’s leading ocean photographers.

There are 10 categories, with the overall winner crowned the Ocean Photographer of the Year.

The categories are the Ocean Conservation Photographer the Year (Hope), the Ocean Conservation Photographer of the Year (Impact), the Ocean Adventure Photographer of the Year, the Ocean Wildlife Photographer of the Year, the Ocean Fine Art Photographer the Year, the Ocean Portfolio Award, the Young Ocean Photographer of the Year, the Human Connection Award: People and Planet Ocean, as well as the Female Fifty Fathoms Award.