Photography Contest



The contest is open to youth 14 to 21 years of age. There is a limit of one entry per person. However, if you would like to switch your entry you may submit a different photograph to be judged if you inform YouthToSea before the closing date.


You may enter the contest between September 9th, 2019 and October 23rd, 2019.


To enter the contest send an email to [email protected] and [email protected] during the submission period specifying your name, photograph title, short description of the image, and how you heard about the contest.

The use of photoshop and filters are allowed if they aid in the visual appearance of the image and artistic vision of the artist.

Your artwork must embody or incorporate one of the following themes:

1. The ocean through my eyes

2. Favourite ocean memories

3. What the ocean means to me

4. Love letters to the ocean

In your description please let us know which theme you used as a prompt and how it is incorporated.


Winner’s photographs will be displayed at the Vancouver Aquarium as well as on the YouthToSea social media accounts. The winner will also receive two (2) free entry tickets to the Vancouver Aquarium for a date of their choosing, value of $76.00.


After submission deadline, all eligible entries received will be judged by a panel including professional artists and photography specialists based on the following criteria: Creativity/Originality, Quality, and Relevance to the theme.

All submissions will also be available online for a public vote via Facebook/Instagram. The photos will be posted on the YouthToSea pages and the photograph with the most likes will be selected as the public vote winner.

The winners will be announced on October 30th, 2019

Full contest rules can be found below.

YouthToSea Photography Contest - Contest Rules



“YouthToSea Photography Contest” (the “Contest”), presented by Ocean Wise Conservation Association (the “Sponsor”) begins at 12:00:01 AM (PST) on September 9th, 2019 and ends at 11:59:59 PM (PST) on October 23, 2019 (the “Contest Period”). Ocean Wise Conservation Association reserve the right to terminate the Contest at their sole discretion, award no Prize if events beyond their reasonable control make continuation not feasible. The Sponsors also reserve the right to amend these rules unilaterally and without notice to entrants.


One (1) prize (the “Prize”) will be awarded consisting of two (2) admission tickets to the Vancouver Aquarium, valid through November 1, 2019 to December 31, 2019 (you can choose another date if you wish). The value of the prize is $76.00 for two (2) tickets.

The Prize must be accepted as awarded without substitution and is not transferable, not for resale and has no cash surrender value. The Sponsors reserve the right, in the event that the Prize or any component of the Prize cannot be awarded as described for any reason, to substitute another prize or component of a prize of equal value, without liability.

Prizes consist only of elements listed above and do not include transportation to/from Vancouver, accommodation or any other travel-related or other expenses.


By participating, the Contestant (“You”) agrees to be legally bound by these contest rules (the “Rules”) and by the interpretation of the Rules by the Sponsors, and You represent and warrant that You meet the eligibility requirements. In addition, You agree to accept the decisions of the Sponsors as final and binding as they relate to the content of this Contest.

The Sponsors reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Contest should virus, bug, non-authorized human intervention, fraud, or other cause beyond the Sponsors’ control corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, or proper conduct of the Contest. In such case, the Sponsors may select the winning entry (the “Winner”) from all eligible entries received prior to and/or after (if appropriate) the action taken by the Sponsors. The Sponsors reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers or attempts to tamper with the entry process or the operation of the Contest or website or violates the Rules.

The Sponsors accept no responsibility for loss, damage or claims caused by or resulting from the Contest or acceptance of a Prize. The Sponsors will not be responsible for late, lost, illegible, incomplete, falsified or destroyed entries and all such entries are void. Entries that have been falsified, tampered with or altered are void. In the event it is determined that an entrant has entered in a fashion not sanctioned by these Rules and/or has submitted more than the number of entries permitted by these rules, the entrant will be disqualified and all of the photographs submitted by the entrant will be disqualified. The Sponsors reserve the right, in their sole and absolute discretion, to disqualify any entries that violate the Rules.

TO ENTER THE CONTEST: There is (1) one way to enter the Contest:

You may submit no more than a total of one entry per email account during the contest period.

Entries must include your name, photograph title, a short description of the image, and how you heard about the program, and must embody or incorporate one of the following themes: 1) The ocean through my eyes, 2) Favourite ocean memories, 3) What the ocean means to me, or 4) Love letters to the ocean. The entry must fulfill all contest requirements, as specified, to be eligible to win a prize. Entries that are incomplete or do not adhere to the Rules or specifications may be disqualified at the sole discretion of the Sponsors.

By entering the Contest, You represent and warrant that your entry is an original work of authorship and does not violate any third party’s proprietary or intellectual property rights. If your entry infringes upon the intellectual property right of another, You will be disqualified at the sole discretion of the Sponsors. If the content of your entry is claimed to constitute infringement of any proprietary or intellectual proprietary rights of any third party, You shall, at your sole expense, defend or settle against such claims. You shall indemnify, defend, and hold harmless the Sponsors from and against any suit, proceeding, claims, liability, loss, damage, costs or expense, which the Sponsors may incur, suffer, or be required to pay arising out of such infringement or suspected infringement of any third party’s right.


To be eligible to enter, a person must be age 14 to 21 at the time of entry. You cannot be an employee or director (current or retired) of Ocean Wise Conservation Association, their affiliated companies, agents, advertising or promotional agencies, domiciled with any such person, or a member of the immediate family of any such person. “Immediate family” means a spouse of any such employee, or any parent, child, grandparent, grandchild or sibling of any such employee or the spouse of any such person.


Entries will be reviewed for creativity, originality, quality, and relevance to theme by a panel of judges appointed at the sole discretion of the Sponsors on October 30, 2019 (the “Draw Date”). Odds of being declared a winner depend on the total number of eligible entries. The selected entrant will be contacted within forty-eight (48) hours of the Draw Date. No correspondence will be entered into except with the selected entrant. If the Sponsors or their agent, acting reasonably, cannot contact the selected entrant within forty-eight (48) hours of the Draw Date, another entry will be selected by the judging panel. The Sponsors or their agent will then make reasonable efforts to contact that person within forty-eight (48) hours, failing which another name will be drawn, and so on, until a selected entrant is contacted or there are no more eligible entries. The Sponsors will not be responsible for failed attempts to contact the selected entrant. The Sponsors reserve the right to reschedule the Draw Date.


The selected entrant must sign and return within two (2) business days of notification a declaration and release form prepared by the Sponsor which, among other things: (i) confirms compliance with these Rules and acceptance of the Prize as awarded; and (ii) agrees to release the Promotion Entities against any and all claims, damages, liabilities, costs, and expenses arising from any liability in connection with this Contest, the selected entrant's participation therein and/or the awarding and use/misuse of the Prize or any portion thereof; (iii) agrees to the publication, reproduction and/or other use of his/her Entry, name, voice, statements about the Contest and/or photograph or other likeness without further notice or compensation, in any publicity or advertisement carried out by the Sponsor in any manner whatsoever, including print, broadcast or the Internet. If a selected entrant: (i) cannot be contacted by email within three (3) attempts or two (2) business days of the selection date, or there is a return of any notification as undeliverable; or (ii) fails to return the properly executed Contest documents within the specified time; then he/she will be disqualified and will forfeit his/her opportunity to be a winner (and to receive the Prize) and the Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to name another winner.

Rights Granted by You:

By entering the Contest, You understand and agree that the Sponsors, anyone acting on behalf of the Sponsors, and the Sponsors’ licensees, successors, and assigns, shall have the right, where permitted by law, to print, publish, broadcast, distribute, and use in any media now known or hereafter developed, in perpetuity and throughout the World, without limitation, your entry, name, portrait, picture, voice, likeness, image, statements about the Contest, and biographical information for news, publicity, information, trade, advertising, public relations, and promotional purposes without any further compensation, credit, notice, review, or consent.

By entering the Contest, the Winner consents to the use of his/her name, address (city and province) and/or photograph without further remuneration, in connection with any publicity carried out by or on behalf of the Sponsors in connection with this Contest.


The Sponsors respect your right to privacy. Personal information collected from entrants will only be used by the Sponsors to administer the Contest and in the manner described in these Contest Rules and, only if consent is given at the time of entry, to provide the entrants with information regarding upcoming promotions and/or events from the Sponsors. For more information regarding the manner of collection, use and disclosure of personal information by the Sponsors, please visit

This Contest is subject to all federal, provincial (excluding Quebec) and municipal laws and regulations.

This Contest is in no way sponsored, endorsed, administered by, or associated with Facebook, Instagram or Twitter.

Questions about the Contest may be directed to: [email protected] or [email protected]


I have read, fully understand and agree to these Contest Rules. I understand that I will give up rights by indicating my acceptance here by electronic means. I am eligible to participate and have accepted the Contest terms freely and voluntarily without any inducement or duress, or assurance or guarantee being made to me. I represent and warrant that I have the legal right to grant the photo use rights I am granting herein. I own copyright in the submitted photograph and have not transferred copyright to any other person or entity. I intend my electronic acceptance to be an indication of my complete and unconditional release of all liability to the greatest extent allowed by law.

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