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

Ocean Visuals: open call for photography

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

Building a new image collection for impact across global media and at COP27

 

 

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Read on to find out more about Ocean Visuals, how it works and intended impact.

 

What is Ocean Visuals?

  • The Ocean Visuals open call for photography will create a new evidence-based collection of impactful and truly diverse ocean and coastal climate imagery – all equitably accessible to the media, non-profit sector and education sector.
  • The project has three linked phases:
    • Collation and expansion of combined evidence base
    • Open call for photography
    • Dissemination of image collection
  • The project is a response to the identified and urgent need for more impactful, diverse and equitably accessible ocean-climate imagery.
  • The Ocean Visuals project is a partnership between Climate Visuals and Communications Inc, funded by Erol, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation (UK Branch).

 

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.

 

How the process works

  • We use research and evidence on impactful ocean-climate imagery to develop an ocean-climate photography brief.
  • We invite photographers (amateur and professional) from across the world to submit ocean-climate photos based on the brief.
  • A panel of seven independent judges select 100 images of those submitted, which will each be paid a licensing fee of USD$1000.
  • The selected 100 images are made available for organisations, media and educators to use for free.

 

At night, and lit by a handheld light, a man digs for razor clams.

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.

Project impact

Oceans Visuals builds on an equitable and movement-generous philosophy including Climate Visuals’ ‘Visualizing Climate Change’ project from 2021 with TED Countdown.

  • 5.2 million reach on social media and newsletters 
  • 5,500 gender-balanced submissions from over 140 countries worldwide
  • New image collection, regularly accessed by a database of 5,000 communicators and editors
  • 1,000s of editorial, campaign and social media usages of the imagery

Register at Climate Visuals for future announcements

Follow us on Twitter & Instagram for news and image inspiration

  View and download the Ocean Visuals promotional images HERE

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