Smithsonian Ocean Portal ADMIN July 2, 2015
CONTEST CLOSED. Thank you for participating! We will select the next (and final) round of winners shortly.

Group Description

Are you an ocean photographer and/or enthusiast? We at the Ocean Portal from the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History invite you to share your pictures of the ocean, its ecosystems, and its organisms with us through this Flickr group. Whether you use a disposable camera at the beach or the aquarium, or have high-tech gear to take underwater photos while scuba diving, your images of ocean life and human interactions with the sea are welcome in the group.

And the best part? World-renowned National Geographic photographer and ocean explorer Brian Skerry and museum curators will select their favorites for display in a digital slideshow presented alongside Skerry’s own work in the exhibit "Portraits of Planet Ocean" at the Smithsonian's National Museum of Natural History in the Sant Ocean Hall, opening in Summer 2013. Brian may even pick a few to highlight on the Ocean Portal blog.

We’ll be accepting submissions from now until the exhibit closes in Fall 2015, so submit your pictures today!

Thanks and enjoy!

The Ocean Portal Team
Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History

Group Rules


Who Is Invited to Enter:

Natural persons (i.e. individuals can submit photos, but organizations are not eligible).

What to Enter:

Each entrant may enter photographs that the entrant took. Do not submit photographs that have been enhanced or altered beyond minor adjustments (ie, nothing beyond spotting, dodging and burning, sharpening, contrast and slight color adjustment or the digital equivalents).

Any file size may be submitted to the Flickr group; however, we may request a higher resolution image (1920 x 1080, ideally) if the photo is selected for digital museum display.

Do not submit photographs in which a person is recognizable.

Photographs must be related to marine life in some way, as described in the call for entries. Do not submit photographs that are off topic or that otherwise fail to comply with the Smithsonian’s rules for “Interactive Features and User-Generated Content” available at .

Please include as much information as you know about the photos in the caption, including where it was taken and what species you think are in the shot. (If you aren't sure, it's ok; we have a museum of scientists to help us identify unknown species.)

Do not touch or move marine life to get your photo!

The entrant must own the copyright to submitted photos. All types of copyright licensing are acceptable for inclusion in the group (although we prefer Creative Commons). However, by submitting pictures to this group, you agree that your images may be pulled into a photo “feed” on the Ocean Portal using the Flickr API, uploaded as permanent content on the Ocean Portal, and/or digitally displayed in the Smithsonian’s National Museum of Natural History and that your name, photograph, and entry materials may be used for all standard museum purposes including but not limited to archives and exhibition. If you subsequently remove a photo from the group or change the settings on that photo to private, it will no longer appear in our feed but will still be hosted on Ocean Portal and in the museum unless you contact us directly by Flickr message or at for removal.

The Smithsonian will notify entrants by Flickr message if their photograph is selected by Brian Skerry. At that point, we may require a higher resolution version of the photograph and a signed waiver.

The Smithsonian will include photo credits in the slideshow, to the extent feasible, so please be sure to specify in the caption how you would like to be credited if your photo is selected for the slideshow.

When to Enter:

The deadline for entries is midnight, eastern time, June 15, 2015.

Legal Terms and Conditions for Entries:

Entrants are solely responsible for their entries. Entries must comply with Flickr’s terms of use and community guidelines. Entrants will be required to sign a release form as a condition of having his or her photographs displayed at the Smithsonian. Failure to return the release form or declaration within five business days by email may result in rejection from the display.

By submitting a photograph, entrants agree to hold the United States, the Smithsonian, its regents, employees, fellows, interns, research associates, and volunteers harmless from and against all claims of any nature arising in connection with entrant’s participation in this call for entries or contribution to the Brian Skerry exhibit.

The Smithsonian is not responsible for incomplete or misdirected entries, technical or network malfunctions, or causes beyond its control. The Smithsonian reserves the right to reject and/or take other appropriate action regarding any group member whose conduct the Smithsonian believes: inhibits the enjoyment of others; tampers with the project; infringes the rights of third parties; is unsportsmanlike; or is disruptive. The Smithsonian may change, suspend, or terminate this project for any reason and without notice.

Additional Info

  • Accepted content types: Photos, Images
  • Accepted safety levels: Safe
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