Famed for its efforts in marine conservation, Blancpain reveals the winners of the 2022 Ocean Photographer of the 12 months (OPY), together with the Feminine Fifty Fathoms prize. The successful pictures are on present from now till 27 October alongside the banks of the Thames in London. Australian photographer Brooke Pyke gained the Feminine Fifty Fathoms award. Now in simply its second yr, this particular award noticed submissions greater than double since its introduction. The OPY’s grand prix was awarded to Frenchman Ben Thouard, whose picture of a surfer using one of many world’s largest and most well-known waves, Teahupo’o, was unanimously chosen.
The general competitors was judged by the same old panel of distinguished photographers and videographers, which ought to go with out saying given the calibre of the organiser, Oceanographic Journal. Greater than 5,000 individuals submitted entries (up from 3,000 final yr) throughout all classes, in keeping with the OPY. You might need discovered the names of the winners within the Wildlife, High quality Artwork, Conservation Hope and Conservation Affect. Journey, Portfolio, Younger and Human Connection classes from social media since OPY has been making the names public since 28 September. The successful photographers have been, so as, Rafael Fernandez Caballero (Spain), Mike Spencer (UK), Nicolas Remy (France/Australia), Simon Lorenz (Germany), Tom St George (UK/Mexico), Matty Smith (UK/Australia), Ryuta Ogawa (Japan/UK) and Steve Woods (UK/Canada).
As a definite class, the Feminine Fifty Fathoms prize is judged not solely by the OPY panel but in addition by a Blancpain delegation led by President and CEO Marc A. Hayek. As we’ve beforehand reported, Hayek is sort of the diver himself, and has personally led many missions in Blancpain’s Ocean Dedication efforts through the years. When you can see Brooke Pyke’s shot right here, right here is extra of an introduction to her, from Blancpain: “A devoted diver and photographer, Brooke Pyke misses no alternative to doc the wonder to be discovered underneath the waves via her pictures. A fervent defender of the seas, she makes use of her photographic expertise to boost consciousness of the necessity to protect the treasures of the ocean depths.”
Pyke’s bodily prize is a marvellous 38mm Blancpain Fifty Fathoms Bathyscaphe with blue sunburst dial. Be aware the standard unidirectional bezel right here comes with a ceramic insert, and the motion is automated calibre 1150; for this explicit distinctive reference, the rotor is adorned with the inscription “Feminine Fifty Fathoms 2022”. We’ve seen the usual watch within the steel and it’s a magnificence.
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