Photography Competition

Returning for its sixth year the ORCA team are looking forward to seeing your photographs of whales, dolphins and porpoises in the wild.

You can win some fabulous prizes offered by our amazing sponsors, Discover Ferries and Jessops Academy.


Jessops Academy

The 2019 Photo Competition is now open!

How to enter:

Simply email  your photo to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with a brief description of where and when it was taken. The competition closes on 30th September 2019 and winners will be announced by the end of October. 

Read below to find out about this years exciting prizes! 

Mark Carwardine
We're very delighted to have iconic wildlife photographer and conservationist Mark Carwardine returning to judge the competition in 2019

Once again we have two categories:

The State of European Cetaceans

We would like photos of any whale, dolphin or porpoise species that you have seen and photographed in Europe.

There is no restriction on species, but it must be a cetacean in the wild and in European waters. Previous winners have produced stunning photographs and we expect this category to be particularly competitive!

The winner will receive:

  • £150 Jessops Academy voucher
  • A canvas print of your winning entry courtesy of Jessops Academy
  • A signed copy of Mark Carwadine's Guide to Whale Watching in Britain and Europe
  • Your photo will be on the cover of the next edition of Flukeprints - the ORCA members magazine
  • Your photo will be included in our 2019 'State of European Cetaceans Report'

One runner up will receive: 

  • A Mark Carwardine 'Ultimate Wildlife Experiences' coffee table book
  • A Silk Traveller Ocean Hammock courtesy of Discover Ferries

2018 winner

Underwater pilot whale by Luis Dias ©ORCA Photography Competition 2018

Threats to Marine Wildlife

Cetaceans and other marine life is falling victim to a huge range of threates, from microplastics, to entanglement and the effects of sonar. We would like you to send in pictures that best capture the threats facing marine mammals and the other diverse creatures that live in waters around the world. This can be of any threat that is causing an impact on marine environments  - we will accept photos from all parts of the world in this category.

The winner will receive:

  • £150 Jessops Academy voucher
  • A canvas print of your winning entry courtesy of Jessops Academy
  • A signed copy of Mark Carwadine's Guide to Whale Watching in Britain and Europe
  • Your photo will be included in the next edition of Flukeprints - the ORCA members magazine
  • Your photo will be included in our 2019 'State of European Cetaceans Report'

One runner up will receive: 

  • A Mark Carwardine 'Ultimate Wildlife Experiences' coffee table book
  • A Silk Traveller Ocean Hammock courtesy of Discover Ferries

2018 winner

Minke whale stuck in a herring weir by Phoebe Smith ©ORCA Photography Competition 2018