Call for Entries: 2014 Marine Conservation Photography Grant for Emerging Photographers


The Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF) believes that photography is a powerful tool for marine conservation. We seek emerging conservation, wildlife and environmental photographers with a passion for marine subjects to apply for an unprecedented annual photography grant. SOSF has set aside US$40,000 to invest directly in marine conservation photographers of the future.

Download a full-length or single-page copy of the Photography Grant announcement PDF for additional information about the competition.


Applicants should be serious emerging photographers who may have become successful in their local region, but have not been widely published in major magazines and have not earned numerous high-profile international awards.

We prefer applicants to be under the age of 30, but older applicants who fit the emerging criteria may also be considered. Photographers with underwater photography skills in their repertoires are especially encouraged to apply.


Each year two winners will be selected. Each winner will receive a US$2,000 cash prize and be given a paid three-week photographic assignment to document an SOSF supported marine research or conservation project.

SOSF has funded more than 160 projects in more than 40 countries and the winning photographers will be assigned to tell one of these stories. Thomas P. Peschak, National Geographic Magazine photographer and director of conservation for the Save Our Seas Foundation, and Kathy Moran, senior editor (natural history) of National Geographic Magazine will mentor photographers throughout the process. This assignment period will be a learning and refining experience as well as an opportunity to earn income through photography.

Both winners will also receive an all-expenses-paid trip to an international photographic or conservation conference to present their photo story. Each winner’s story will also be published as a photo essay in the Save Our Seas Foundation’s magazine.

Important dates & deadlines

  • 15 February 2014 – Application Opens
  • 30 April 2014 – Application Closes
  • 31 May 2014 – Winners Announced
  • July – November 2014 – Assignment
  • End 2014/Beginning 2015 – Presentation Deadline

For full information and application instructions, visit Save Our Seas Foundation’s official grant page.

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