Please note that the contest is closed. Winners will be announced on 24th of September.
Crazy about the ocean? The #EU4Ocean Coalition was running the #YoungOceanWaves contest: What the ocean means to me. We were looking for cool videos & photos that show your connection to the ocean!
The #YoungOceanWaves contest, promoted by the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) encouraged everybody - especially young people - to show what the ocean means for them: marvelous colours and living creatures? Fun? Sports? Crazy or relaxed adventures? Delicious food or jobs?
How does it work?
The contest was running from 14 July to 18 August 2020, midnight.
To take part in the competition, participants had to follow these steps:
Winners will be chosen by a Jury Panel that will award amazing prizes!
Check the participation rules below.
The organiser reserves the right to change or replace the competition prizes and/or modify the rules and regulations of the competition as and when necessary, without prior notice.
Detailed Terms & Conditions can be found HERE. Please read them carefully.
Videos and photos will be judged by multiple juries, against the following criteria:
Yann has been working in Surfrider for 4 years and is am now responsible for monitoring and leading Sports and Youth programmes, both at the French and at the EU level. He usually combines his background in diplomacy and international relations with his extended professional knowledge in sustainability, environment protection, and incentive programs when it appears necessary to involve a wide range of actors (public, private, general public). Recreational diver, basketball player for 20+ years and genuine sports’ enthusiast, he is also a translator for Global Voices.
French/British citizen originally from the French Alps near Geneva, James is an interdisciplinary marine scientist with extensive experience working in sustainability and climate change communications in Geneva and Oxford. He holds an MSc in Marine Systems and Policies from the University of Edinburgh and since 2016, has worked producing marine science and policy audiovisual content through his company Manaia Productions. Working all around the globe, he has worked for the International Union for Conservation of Nature, the Prince Albert II of Monaco Foundation, The Pew Trusts, the Ocean Acidification Alliance, the French and British governments. He is a Fellow with the Edmund Hillary Fellowship, a professional diver, underwater videographer, and an avid sailor. He recently launched a new ocean science and conservation organisation, Blue Cradle, which aims to operate a sustainable research vessel in the South Pacific region.
Farah holds a Master of Science in Environmental Technology and Bachelor of Science in Biology, both from Imperial College in London. With 16 years’ experience in ocean advocacy, Farah has traveled the world, observing the beauty of the ocean and witnessing some of the most egregious practices happening at sea. Among her achievements, Farah has executed campaigns to end destructive fishing, worked with affected communities, and has been deeply involved in exposing fish crimes, including slavery and labour abuse at sea. Farah is biracial, bicultural, and considers herself a citizen of the world. She lives by the sea in the Netherlands. Farah strongly believes that by embracing our human diversity we can turn the tide for our ocean planet.
Andreea Strachinescu, Head of Unit Maritime Innovation, Marine Knowledge and Investment in the Directorate General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries, is responsible for promoting innovative and emerging technologies and solutions, and ensuring broad dissemination of marine knowledge and research. The Unit fosters innovation and provides policy input to Horizon 2020 and to smart specialisation strategies; it is as well in the lead for providing policy input to the European Fund for Strategic Investments and its use in the maritime economy.
Her love for the blue planet and the European project brought her to Brussels some years ago. The twitter sphere is her favourite place, KPIs her bread and butter. Lawyer by training, communicator by heart.
Winning videos/photos will be featured on the Youth4Ocean Forum website, be rewarded at the virtual event that will take place on 24 - 25 September and receive a certificate.
1st prize: A GoPro camera
2nd prize: A 1-year online subscription to National Geographic
3rd prize: Goodie bag from the Nausicaā Centre National de la Mer aquarium
From 4th to 10th place: Participants will win a 20€ value voucher
Communication: Check your Instagram message box regularly. If you win, we will contact you via private message. (Note: If someone you are not following sends you a message, that message will appear in your inbox as a request. To accept or reject the message, swipe left (iOS) or tap and hold (Android) on the message.
You may always reach us with questions: firstname.lastname@example.org
*EU4Ocean is a project funded by the European Commission and implemented by a consortium of 12 partners across Europe, which includes: ACTeon (coordinator, France), Seascape Belgium (Secretariat of the European Marine Observation and Data Network and the European Atlas of the Seas, Belgium), the European Marine Board (EMB, Belgium), Nausicaá-National Sea Centre (France), the World Ocean Network (WON, France), Ciência Viva (Portugal), the European Marine Science Educators Association (EMSEA, Belgium), Ecologic Institute (Germany), the European Centre for Information on Marine Science and Technology (EurOcean, Portugal), Secretariat of Submariners (S.Pro, Germany), MARE Nostrum (Romania), European Schoolnet (Belgium), and Farah Obaidullah (Independent Ocean Advocate & Founder Women4Oceans, The Netherlands).