The Female Fifty Fathoms Award has its winner

As part of the Ocean Photographer of the Year (OPY) competition, which rewards the most incredible underwater photos, Blancpain is pleased to reveal the name of the overall winner of the Female Fifty Fathoms Award. Presented by the Haute Horlogerie Manufacture for the third year running, the prize is awarded to the female photographer whose work captures the hearts of the Jury.

The most talented photographers of the year are honoured at the OPY, an event that is of great importance to Blancpain. In keeping with the Blancpain Ocean Commitment, which brings together all the brand's initiatives to help preserve the oceans, this competition highlights the beauty of the aquatic world and the creatures that live there. Alongside Oceanographic Magazine - organiser of the competition - Blancpain aims to raise public awareness of the world around us and its fragility.


Now in its third year, the Female Fifty Fathoms Award encourages women to share their vision of the underwater world, acting as a beacon of inspiration. The candidates, chosen by the OPY jury and a Blancpain delegation led by Marc A. Hayek, who is President and CEO, as well as an avid diver, are able to uniquely showcase the beauty of our planet. This year, the Manufacture of Le Brassus is rewarding the efforts of Spanish photographer Merche Llobera. Based in Madrid, Merche has been travelling the globe since 2019 with the aim of capturing the very essence of wildlife and the underwater world. Through the emotion her images convey, Merche Llobera promotes the preservation of wildlife and its natural habitat, and her work has been recognised by the likes of National Geographic Spain, BBC Earth and Sony Alpha Universe.