12 October 2022
Aimed at shining a light on the beauty of the world’s oceans and the threats they face, the awards are made up of nine categories, with this year’s winner of the overall Ocean Photographer of the Year 2022 being awarded to Ben Thouard.
Chosen from thousands of submissions from around the world, Thouard’s incredible image – beautifully composed and full of texture and action – shows a surfer battling against one of the heaviest waves in the world, Teahupo’o, which translates to Place of Skulls.
This year’s finalists included images of posing pods of pilot whales, humans exploring the farthest reaches of the ocean and recovered reefs booming with biomass.
The finalists’ images will again be displayed as part of a public, free open-air exhibition at Tower Bridge in London from 5 October to 7 November 2022.
Princess Yachts is once again thrilled to be involved in the unique awards, sharing a passion for sustainability and conservation.
This year’s submissions were judged by a panel of some of the world’s leading ocean photographers, including SeaLegacy Co-Founder and Sony artisan, Paul Nicklen, Founder of the International League of Conservation Photographers, Cristina Mittermeier, Emmy Award-winning cinematographer Shawn Heinrichs and Deputy Director of Photography at National Geographic, Sadie Quarrier.
The Ocean Photographer of the Year is produced by Oceanographic magazine, in partnership with Blancpain, Princess Yachts and Tourism Western Australia, in support of conservation organisation SeaLegacy.