This blog originally appeared on The Ocean Project’s website.

World Oceans Day helps you make a difference in your life, community, and world by taking action to protect our ocean—for present and future generations. Despite the huge challenges facing the world’s ocean, by working together we can achieve a healthy ocean that provides for the billions of humans, plants and animals which depend on it every day.

This year you can share the beauty and importance of the ocean, through your photographs!
This inaugural World Oceans Day Photo Contest allows people from around the world to contribute their favorite photos under five themes:
▪    Underwater seascapes
▪    Underwater life
▪    Above water seascapes
▪    Humans’ positive interaction/experience with the ocean
▪    Youth: open category, any image of the ocean – below or above the surface – photographed by a young person, age 16 and under
Winning images will be recognized at the United Nations on Monday, 9 June 2014 during the United Nations event marking World Oceans Day 2014.

Click here to learn more about the contest, and to submit your photos!