Today (8 June) is United Nations World Oceans Day, and the picture above by UK underwater photographer Nur Tucker is a category winner in the photo competition organised as part of the annual event.
All the first, second and third placed images can be seen in a video segment at 5.05pm BST during today’s World Oceans Day virtual programme, which can be found here and starts in the UK at 3pm.
Tucker topped the Underwater Seascapes category with this natural-light image of a sea-lion pup playing in a cave. She was spending a week at Los Islotes, La Paz, on Mexico’s Pacific coast to photograph its sea-lion population.
Outright winners in the other five categories were Renee Capozzola (The Ocean: Life & Livelihoods – the theme of this year’s World Ocean Day), Tom St George (Oceanic Discoveries), Pawel Zygmunt (Above Water Seascapes), Francisco Sedano (Digital Ocean Photo Art) and Sayaka Ichinoseki (Faces of the Sea).
The competition was judged by Jennifer Hayes, Julian Lennon, Joakim Odelberg, Ipah Uid Lynn and Michel Strogoff. It was curated by underwater photographer Ellen Cuylaerts, hosted by DivePhotoGuide (DPG), and supported by Blancpain Ocean Commitment.
The 40 speakers on today’s virtual programme include UN Secretary-General HE Antonio Guterres, Jean-Michel Cousteau, Dr Sylvia Earle, Sam Waterson and many environmental campaigners, industry experts and entertainers.
Both the event and the photo competition are co-ordinated by the UN Division for Ocean Affairs & the Law of the Sea and produced in partnership with Oceanic Global.
Meanwhile PADI has chosen World Oceans Day to announce the creation of the PADI AWARE Foundation. The independent non-profit charity is “dedicated to driving local action for global ocean conservation”, says the training agency, supporting its mission to create a billion “PADI Torchbearers” to explore and protect the ocean.
“The new foundation will build citizen-led conservation and activism programmes, as well as expand current ones, to address key ocean threats, such as marine debris, climate change, marine habitat loss and vulnerable species protection across the planet,” says PADI.