La Mer & National Geographic Oceans Photography Competition Winners

Photos courtesy of La Mer Weedy Seadragon in the Light (Richard Wylie - Aus). The winning photo. La Mer, in partnership with National Geo...

Photos courtesy of La Mer

Weedy Seadragon in the Light (Richard Wylie - Aus). The winning photo.

La Mer, in partnership with National Geographic, is pleased to announce the grand prize winner and runners-up of the “La Mer Oceans” photography competition, which was held to celebrate this year’s World Oceans Day. With over 2,750 submissions, winner, Richard Wylie, was inspired by the beauty and grace of creatures found in the ocean, resulting in the magnificent image of the rare weedy seadragon.

“This international photography competition exemplifies our ongoing dedication to capturing people’s love for the sea, and subsequently raising awareness of the importance of ocean conservation,” said La Mer General Manager Sandra Main. “The caliber of the winning and semi-finalist photographs is outstanding and speaks to the mystical and inspirational effects of the sea.”

The grand prize winner is awarded a National Geographic Photography Expedition led by a National Geographic photographer. On this 12-day adventure, the winner will explore the northwest seaboard of North America, an unspoiled labyrinth of tiny islands, spectacular fjords and abundant wildlife. In addition, the winner will luxuriate in a year’s supply of Crème de la Mer. Ten runners-up will receive USD$1,000 worth of La Mer products, an ocean-themed National Geographic print and a copy of Brian Skerry’s world-renowned Ocean Soul book.

Read on to see the runners-up's photos.


Alien Hunt (Alexander Semenov - Russia)


Hello Booby (Nat Sumanatemeya - Thailand)


Monuments of the Sea (Jorge Alves - Portugal)


Ocean Spray along the Na Pali Coast (Christopher Martin - Canada)


Peak of Action (Hansa Tangmanpoowadol - Thailand)


Sea Lion Mugshot (Derek Bissell - Canada)


Serpula Worm (Franco Banfi - Switzerland)


Sunbathing Starfish (Paul Patrick Cruz - Philippines)


Sunset Shadows (Kimball Andrew Schmidt - USA)


The Hunter (Peter Allinson MD - USA)

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