The Prince of Wales marked World Oceans Day last week by launching ‘Out of the Blue’ a new photography competition to celebrate the extraordinary beauty and importance of the oceans and seas.
The competition launched at the Royal Geographical Society in London is a collaboration between The Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit (ISU), The Royal Commonwealth Society (RCS) and National Geographic.
The contest intends to highlight the importance and value of the marine environment to Commonwealth countries.
In a video message titled ‘World Oceans Day – Realising the Potential of our Oceans and Coasts,’ Charles, a keen environmentalist encouraged Commonwealth citizens to investigate their relationship with the marine environment through photography.
During the video address, Charles said: “Good pictures can tell stories in ways that words sometimes cannot and it is my sincere hope that by inviting people to submit their finest photographs, depicting not only the astonishing beauty of the ocean, but also the nature of our relationship with it, that we might deepen efforts to ensure a more secure and sustainable future than might otherwise be the case.”
Charles noted that half of Commonwealth countries were island states whose future success is of course inevitably linked to the fate of the ocean.
The Prince of Wales’s International Sustainability Unit evolved from The Prince’s Rainforest Project in 2010. It endeavours to build a consensus on answers to some of the key environmental challenges facing the world, particularly tropical deforestation. It also seeks how best to achieve food, energy and water security and ensure healthy marine fish stocks. The ISU works with public, private and non-governmental organizations, helping to grow partnerships among
The contest ends 6th September with a panel of judges selecting winners and finalists in three categories. Those chosen will be included in an exhibition shown at this year’s Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting (CHOGM) in Malta this November.
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