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Ocean Conservancy – Marine Wildlife and Seascape Photo Contest

Gulf of Mexico

The Ocean Conservancy’s Summer 2014 Marine Wildlife and Seascape Photo Contest received more than 1,200 entries.

The top two prizes were awarded to Ian Lindsey and Christian Martinez, whose photographs received Judges’ Choice and People’s Choice.

Ian’s photo “Honu Gathering” depicts a group of sea turtles gathered on a Hawaiian beach at sunset, while Christian’s image “Ocean, Waves and Nature” perfectly captures the beauty of a Puerto Rican beach.

This summer’s contest also included winners from five different categories: Arctic, Our Ocean, Fish, Gulf of Mexico and Human Impact.  The winning photographs for these categories can be found  HERE.

The goal of the U.S. based Ocean Conservancy is to bring people together to find solutions for our water planet. Ocean Conservancy educates and empowers people to defend not only the ocean and its wildlife, but also the millions who earn their living from the ocean.

Ocean Conservancy was born in 1972 with the creation of Delta Corporation, which would later become known as the Center for Environmental Education, the Center for Marine Conservation and, finally, Ocean Conservancy.

Over the years, OC’s supporters have helped them:

  • Lay the groundwork for an international moratorium on commercial whaling.
  • Play an instrumental role in protecting fur seals from over-hunting and banning the international trade of sea turtles.
  • Create national marine sanctuaries and serve as the lead non-governmental organization in the designation of 10 of the 13 marine sanctuaries.
  • Address the need for better fisheries management and reduce the effects of by-catch.

When the explosion of BP’s Deepwater Horizon rig in 2010 produced the largest accidental marine oil spill in history, OC capitalized on their two decades of experience in the region to take a leading role in the assessment and restoration of damage.

Planet Earth has one big beautiful ocean.  This one ocean and human beings are inextricably linked. The ocean covers 71% of our planet.

The Ocean’s powerful waves and water energy shape the features of the land, and the ocean is a major source of food, medicine, and jobs. Fish from the ocean currently are the primary source of protein for one in six people on earth.

The ocean is a major influence on weather and climate.  It is the ocean that makes our planet habitable. Without the ocean as a heat sink, our days would be unbearably hot, and our nights would be freezing cold. The ocean naturally recycles our water and our air, constantly cleaning it for us to use over and again 24 hours a day, seven days a week.

86% of the water we drink comes from the ocean; and the ocean produces more oxygen than the rainforests. It even absorbs 48% of the carbon that we humans put into the atmosphere.  Water is heated by the sun and evaporates, and the resultant vapor rises where the temperature is cooler and condenses to form clouds.

To see a great diagram of the WATER CYCLE, please visit this page  HERE  of the USGS Water Science School.




Please support Ocean Conservancy, and other organisations that look after our oceans.

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