United Nations World Oceans Day 2021 photo competition

On Tuesday 8 June, the United Nations launched the second-ever fully digital rendition of its annual World Oceans Day event in celebration of 2021 theme, The Ocean: Life and Livelihoods. Produced in partnership with the non-profit organization Oceanic Global and presented by Blancpain, United Nations World Oceans Day 2021 (UNWOD) has been a day-long event featuring keynote speeches, panels, and presentations kicked off by the United Nations Secretary-General and the President of the General Assembly.

In addition to its role as UNWOD Presenting Partner, Blancpain supported the UN Photo Competition for the seventh consecutive year. The results were announced during the digital event by Curator Ellen Cuylaerts, and members of the Jury.

To watch the 2021 UN photo competition results announcement (starting at 2:17:50): https://unworldoceansday.org/un-world-oceans-day-2021/

To discover the full set of winning images: https://unworldoceansday.org/photos/2021-photo-competition/

© Banner Image on this page: Renee Capozzola, Ocean Life & Livelihoods Category – 1st place


  • © Pawel Zygmunt, Above Water Seascapes Category, 1st place
  • © Nur Tucker, Underwater Seascapes Category – 1st place
  • © Sayaka Ichinoseki, Faces of the Sea Category – 1st place
  • © Tom St George, Oceanic Discoveries Category – 1st place