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Ocean Exposures Photo Contest 2017

Living Oceans Society annual photo contest has closed for 2017 and the winning photos are posted below! Every year we invite the public to help Living Oceans Society showcase the beauty of the ocean as we advocate for its protection, by sharing their favorite ocean photos with us.

Submissions must fall into one of three categories to qualify:‘Below the Surface’, 'Coastal Wildlife', and 'Work or Play on the Ocean', with 3 prizes available per category. There is also one uncategorized 'Seahuggers' Choice' prize (chosen by total 'likes' each photo gets in a album we post on our Facebook page), making a total of ten prizes to be awarded this year.

Entries must be recent and must be located on near or under one of Canada’s three oceans. Photographs are judged on exposure, composition, uniqueness, creativity, technical proficiency and relevance to chosen theme.

Take a look at this year's winning entries below!








Our Judge

Andrew S. Wright is a passionate conservation photographer and has published two photography books arguing for increased environmental stewardship in B.C. His book Emeralds at the Edge; published in 2009 received positive reviews in the Globe and Mail. His current book Faltering Light proposes an end to trophy hunting of bears.

He is also technical advisor to the Tides Canada Aquaculture Innovation Fund. Since 2008 Andrew has played a lead technical role in the design of the Namgis salmon aquaculture project known as Kuterra. He is a contributor to the Great Bear Rainforest agreement and has travelled on numerous occasions to the region.

Contest Prizes

Below the Surface - First prize


Sea Otter Cove Expedition 2018 for Two, with Living Oceans (value: $1200.00)

Sea Otter Cove Clean Up Crew 2016

Below the Surface - Second prize

Beaty Biodiversity Museum, Family Pass for a Day (value $45)

Beaty Biodiversity Museum

Below the Surface - Third prize


Coastal wildlife - First prize


Coastal wildlife - Second prize


A bucket of green cleaning supplies by Pink Solution (value: $50)

Pink Solution

Coastal wildlife - Third prize


Four cans of sustainable seafood from Skipper Otto's Community Supported Fisher (value: $30.00)

Skipper Otto

Working/playing on the ocean - First prize


Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea, 6 passes (value $90)

Shaw Centre for the Salish Sea

Working/playing on the ocean - Second prize


A set of three tea towels from Sointula's own Diva of Kaleva (value: $60.00)

Diva of Kaleva

Working/playing on the ocean - Third prize


Sea Huggers' Choice Award


Dinner for two at Fable Restaurant (value: $75.00)

Fable Restaurant