Photography Competition

Returning for its fifth 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, Silversea Cruises and Jessops Academy.

Entries are now open and close on 30 September 2018

Jessops Academy
Silversea Cruises
We're very excited this year to have iconic wildlife photography and conservationist Mark Carwardine judging the competition in 2018

2017 winner - Fadia Al Abar

Underwater dolphins by Fadia Al Abar ©ORCA Photography Competition 2017

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 nd 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!
First Prize
  • A free Jessops Aademy training course up to a value of £150 (generously donated by Jessops Academy)
  • Your photo will appear on the cover of our members' magazine Flukeprints
  • Your photo will appear in the next edition of 'The State of European Cetaceans Report' (check out our 2017 SOEC Report here)
  • A copy of 'Mark Carwardine's Ultimate Wildlife Experiences'. Mark Carwardine is an ORCA patron.
  • A copy of your photo printed on a canvas and signed by Mark Carwardine.
Highly Commended

Threats to Marine Wildlife

Cetaceans and other marine life is falling victim every day to a huge range of threates, from microplastics, to entanglement in fishing gear 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, and is not limited to any geographical area - we will accept photos from all parts of the world in this category.
First Prize
  • A free Jessops Academy training course up to a value of £150 (generously donated by Jessops Academy)
  • An exclusive goody bag of Silversea merchandise (generously donated by Silversea Cruises)
  • Your photo will appear in ORCA's next edition of 'The State of European Cetaceans Report (check out the 2017 SOEC Report here)
  • A copy of 'Mark Carwardine's Ultimate Wildlife Experiences'. Mark Carwardine is an ORCA patron.
  • A copy of your photo printed on a canvas and signed by Mark Carwardine
Highly Commended

Entries are now open and close on 30 September 2018

Judging will take place by ORCA patron and leading wildlife photographer/conservationist Mark Carwardine. All judging decisions are final and prizes are subject to availability.

Winners will be announced on the ORCA website.
Mark Carwardine

How to enter:

Email your image in JPEG format to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Please make the subject line of your email the category in which you're submitting your picture (The State of European Cetaceans OR Threats to Marine Wildlife). In the text of the email please provide us with your full name (as this will form the credit on the picture should we use it in the future) and your locatin. Please also provide us with a brief paragraph about how to came to take the photo, including where you were when you managed to capture this image. Multiple entries will not be accepted.

Entry to this competition is free. However, if you would like to support ORCA, you can give a donation or become a member.

Entry is considered acceptance of the terms and conditions outlined below.

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