Photography Competition for Ocean and Nature Photos from WMO 2021

Date limite : 15 sept. 2020

Organisation à but non lucratif: World Meteorological Organization WMO

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Niveau d'études: Formation Professionnelle

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Photography Competition for Ocean and Nature Photos from WMO 2021

COVID-19 pandemic is causing unprecedented upheaval and changing our lives forever. But it also provides an opportunity to reflect on how we can do more to protect the environment and the planet and to grow back better after the economic downturn. Many people have commented that they were more aware and appreciative of the beauty of our natural surroundings during the lockdown.

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is therefore really looking forward to high-quality and artistic photographs, and especially those which illustrate the theme of World Meteorological Day 2021, “The Ocean, our climate and weather.” The Ocean covers 70% of the Earth’s surface and provides resources on which we depend. It is a major driver of the world’s weather and climate and stores more than 90% of excess heat generated by human activities.  

It provides endless fascination and inspiration for photographs which demonstrate its amazing beauty and power and fragility. So the organization hopes to see lots of images of the ocean itself, as well as its effect on our climate and weather and the water cycle. As a U.N. agency, WMO is keen to encourage a good geographical balance which represents all regions.


Winning entries will feature in the WMO 2021 online calendar. They will be showcased on the WMO website and social media platforms and feature prominently in the World Meteorological Day 2021 celebrations. WMO will also promote them among other U.N. agencies and showcase them during the UN Decade of Ocean Science for Sustainable Development to be held from 2021-2030.

As always, there will be lots of recognition but no financial reward!

Submission Guidelines:

  • All photos must be a minimum size of 4000x3000 pixels.
  • All photos must be submitted in JPEG or TIFF format (with little compression to preserve image quality.)
  • All photos must be in landscape (horizontal) format.
  • Black and white photographs as well as colored photographs will be accepted.
  • All photos must be clearly captioned, including a title, a location, and the date of the photograph.

Judging Criteria:

Entries will be narrowed down to a shortlist by a WMO panel of experts in meteorology and oceanography as well as experienced professional photographers. Entries will be judged on: 

  • Technical quality, clarity, and composition.
  • Visual impact.
  • Novelty and flair for the unexpected.

WMO will make an initial selection of about 50 photographs, based on technical and artistic merit. The organization will then publish shortlisted photos on Facebook and Instagram, allowing the followers to vote for their favorites. The competition will also be promoted via Twitter and via other U.N. social media accounts.

The WMO jury will have the final say on the 13 photos for inclusion in the calendar (one for the cover and one for each month), based on the social media votes but also taking into account geographical balance. All shortlisted photographs will be showcased on WMO web and social media channels. It is therefore important that the participant include his own social media handles so that WMO can credit him appropriately.

About the World Meteorological Organization :

The World Meteorological Organization (WMO) is a specialized agency of the United Nations responsible for promoting international cooperation on atmospheric science, climatology, hydrology, and geophysics. The WMO originated from the International Meteorological Organization, a nongovernmental organization founded in 1873 as a forum for exchanging weather data and research. Proposals to reform the status and structure of the IMO culminated in the World Meteorological Convention of 1947, which formally established the World Meteorological Organization.

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