Renowned conservation photographers Paul Nicklen, Cristina Mittermeier, and Chase Teron have come together to create 100 for the Ocean. A remarkable opportunity to purchase high-quality photography while helping the planet. This print fundraiser, running for a limited time, is a chance to get photography from 100 of the world’s top photographers at a more affordable price (starting from $100 / £83). With prints from the likes of Steve McCurry, Steve Winter and Mattias Klum, as well as Nicklen, Mittermeier and Teron themselves – all profits go to ocean research and advocacy charities.

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Founded by Paul Nicklen, Cristina Mittermeier, and Chase Teron, 100 for the Ocean unites 100 world-class photographers that were hand selected for their talents and contributions to conservation. This limited-time sale, live now until May 31st, 2023, offers a unique opportunity to purchase world-class photographers’ fine art pieces at an affordable price, with 100% of profits going to ocean research and advocacy charities.

The unparalleled list of celebrated photographers from more than 15 countries participating in 100 for the Ocean includes: Paul Nicklen, Cristina Mittermeier, Steve McCurry, Jimmy Chin, Joel Sartore, Daisy Gilardini, Bertie Gregory, Michael Yamishita, Chris Burkard, Robert Irwin, Keith Ladzinski, Jodi Cobb, Pete Souza, Brooke Shaden, Pete McBride, Steve Winter, and many, many more. The full list of participating photographers can be found here, with the image catalogue downloadable here

Curated by Kathy Moran, co-founder of Moran Griffin, Inc. and former National Geographic Deputy Director of Photography, 100 for the Ocean aims to empower those on the frontlines of ocean conservation and to create a powerful, collective voice to impact policy and drive change. 

Photographed from a small plane over the Tungnaá river in the highlands of Icelands

Medusa, by Chris Byrne. Iceland, 2018. Photographed from a small plane over the Tungnaá river in the highlands of Icelands.

It’s a real privilege to have so many amazing photographers and a curator like Kathy Moran, to band together to support this,” says Nicklen, SeaLegacy and 100 for the Ocean Co-founder.  “Being a photographer is often a solitary pursuit, but to have communities come together like this, all for the purpose of good, to amplify and help grow other organizations, is a really beautiful thing. It reinforces the importance of the ocean in everyone’s lives.”

100% of proceeds from 100 for the Ocean will support under-funded and under-recognised ocean-focused NGOs nominated and voted for by participating photographers. Each recipient will receive media and production support from SeaLegacy to shine a global spotlight on their work.

The top votes for the 2023 100 for the Ocean include:

  • Whale Guardians™: The international project for whale ship strike prevention, dedicated to establishing approved shipping in order to help the world’s great whales recover toward pre-whaling populations.
  • Coastal First Nations (Canada): With a  mission to protect and restore ecosystems in lands and waters, managed sustainably by member First Nations, enabling traditional and modern economies, improving the quality of life of the people in our communities, and giving rise to healthy First Nations.
  • Pol el Mar ‘For the Ocean’ (Argentina): A non-profit marine conservation organization driven by a team of scientists, activists, communicators and policy experts converging for the protection and restoration of the ocean.
two polar bears facing eachother in a heart shape

Lovers by Martin Gregus. Churchill Manitoba, 2020. Using a drone to capture this moment, I love how the heart shape symbolizes the apparent sibling affection between them and the love we as people owe to the natural world.

Criteria for voting include the impact and integrity of the work the organizations are doing within the ocean space and how an even larger impact can be leveraged through a strong, global amplification and storytelling campaign. Other considerations include geographical location and access to the visual storytelling component of the work, as well as alignment with the seven identified recovery wedges that are the pillars of SeaLegacy’s focus areas. 

“Oceans cover 70% of the earth’s surface, support 78% of the world’s animal biomass, produce at least 50% of the earth’s oxygen and act as a carbon sink by absorbing carbon dioxide from the atmosphere, helping to mitigate the effects of climate change.  In short, oceans are critical to the health of the planet and human well-being. Yet, marine ecosystems are victim to ever-increasing human-induced pressures,  from plastic waste, chemicals, and oil spills, to overfishing and warming temperatures. The funds raised by 100 for the Ocean will help us to raise awareness of these issues and galvanise action to protect these beautiful and vital ecosystems”, said award-winning photographer and SeaLegacy Co-founder, Cristina Mittermeier.

western australia wave "The Right"

Distance, by Andrew Semark. Western Australia, a wave called ‘The Right’, 2022.

“Despite the challenges, there is hope for the future, and there are many innovative solutions being developed to address these issues. 100 for the Ocean is an invitation to support organizations working on those solutions”, says Mittermeier.

“As we face the harsh realities of our planet’s future we must be more aware of what is happening to our oceans and wildlife. It is important to do everything we can and spread awareness before we reach the point of no return. It is essential to protect our oceans for generations to come.” – Steve McCurry

Prints in 100 for the Ocean are produced and shipped with a carbon-neutral process.   

100 for the Ocean runs May 1st – 31st, 2023.

100 for the Ocean | Print Fundraiser for Ocean Conservation

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