OUT OF THE BLUE PHOTOGRAPHY COMPETIITON
On World Oceans Day, His Royal Highness The Prince of Wales launched a newÂ photography competition across the Commonwealth called â€˜Out of the Blueâ€™Â to showcase the importance of our marine environment, the value it bringsÂ and the threats it is facing
Our oceans are host to the vast majority of life on this planet and hold some of our mostÂ diverse ecosystems. Throughout history, they have moved and inspired us with their Â eautyÂ and supported us with their bounty â€“ after all, ocean life produces half of the Â worldâ€™s oxygenÂ and enough fish to feed millions of people. But our oceans are Â under threat: climateÂ change, over-fishing, habitat destruction on an epic scale and pollution of all kinds areÂ jeopardizing the health of our oceans and their ability to provide for us. A vast area ofÂ our global ocean lies within the jurisdiction of Commonwealth countries. Out of the BlueÂ sets out to showcase the value of the Commonwealthâ€™s â€˜Blueâ€™ capital and the human lifeÂ it supports. Good pictures can tell stories in ways that words sometimes cannot and â€˜Out ofÂ the Blueâ€™ hopes to inspire Commonwealth citizens to explore the marine environment aroundÂ them and submit photographs that celebrate its beauty, highlight its importance and alertÂ global leaders to its vulnerability.
The competition is open from 8th of June until 6th September. Winning photographs willÂ be exhibited in Malta in the margins of a high-level meeting of Heads of Government fromÂ around the Commonwealth in November 2015. By submitting entries to this new competition,Â you can help encourage global leaders to take positive action and adopt more of the solutionsÂ that we know are at hand to protect and use natural resources in a sustainable way.Â We have had lots of great entries already so visit the websiteÂ to â€˜likeâ€™ your favourite image and to submit yours.
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