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I live by the Sea International Youth Photo and Film Contest 2021

I live by the Sea International Youth

Photo and Film Contest 2021

Yes, we all live by the sea. No matter how far from the sea you live, next to the beach or far away in the mountains, you still have a great impact on it. And it is up to you whether you create a positive relationship with the sea or have adverse impact on it.

We believe that educating people about the importance and the beauty of marine environments is the key to creating positive attitudes towards the sea.

The idea behind this project involves a worldwide contest for young persons up to the age of 21.

The contest will be held in four age categories:

5 to 12

13 to 15

16 to 18

19 to 21

In this edition of the Contest we expect from participants to use any type of visual arts to present a story of “their sea”. Therefore, we will have two categories:



Participants, along with a short text, which will describe the story, may submit photos or short films. In the films we accept any form of artistic expression, from a documentary, to feature, or theatre play, through pantomime, dance or a song.

We will take into consideration not only the photo or a film but also a relevant description of a region, a special feature of the place, an explanation of the depicted problem, etc. This project is based on the previous experience of a “I live by the Sea” contest co-organized by Today We Have in 2015-2017 (www.todaywehave.com).

Just like in the previous edition, our goal is to spread and share knowledge about marine environments and marine protection issues, as well as the exchange of information among users of different seas and marine oriented regions.

Through their participation we hope to involve youth of different natural and cultural heritage to share their views on marine issues in a creative way. All works submitted will be reviewed by a panel of International Judges. Due to a variety of options for contestants the panel involves experts from a number of art and science areas.

Best photos, films and stories will be presented as a part of the EU4Ocean celebrations of the World Oceans Day 2021. Depending on the COVID-19 situation, a potential outdoor exhibition may be organized.

Contest timeline:

Submission of works (1 photo or 1 film plus text) by 31 March 2021 

Announcement of the results : 8 June 2021

This year, the top photos together with information about top films and best stories will be presented in a fabulous city of Gdynia.

You will be able to see these works at the Arka Gdynia square between 8 June and 27 June.

This year, we have a record 245 applications from 15 countries: Poland, USA, Romania, Portugal, Denmark, Italy, Philippines, Sri Lanka, Kenya, Spain, Croatia, Ukraine, Germany, Turkey, Chile.

Thank you so much for all the photos, videos and amazing stories you’ve uploaded.

The international jury is currently evaluating the submitted works.

Results of the I live by the Sea International Youth Photo and Film Contest 2021

Wspólna walka o morza i oceany ARTYKUŁ

I live by the Sea International Youth Contest 2020

I live by the Sea International Youth Contest 2019

I live by the Sea International Youth Contest 2018

I live by the Sea International Photo Youth Contest 2017

Our Contest is an official partner of the UN Decade of Ocean Science

for Sustainable Development. 

Supporting organizations