ASM 2021 Photography Contest

ASM 2021 Photography Contest

The ASM 2021 photography contest is based on the meeting theme “Aquatic Sciences for a Sustainable Future:  Nurturing Cooperation”. The contest is open to all meeting attendees. The authors of the top three most voted photos will each receive a discount voucher in Melia hotels in Palma for the face-to-face ASM in 2023 and the top winning photo will be displayed in the web page of ASM meeting in Palma 2023. Cheer up, take your camera and participate!

Rules in a nutshell: Submit your entry (only one submission per participant) via the form displayed below, between 9th of June at 00:00 UTC and 16th of June at 23:59 UTC.  All photos received will be displayed as soon as they are submitted.  Voting will commence on June 17, and all conference attendees are encouraged to vote for  their favorite photo by the 25th of June at 23:59 UTC.  The photos receiving the most votes will be announced on the meeting webpage on 26th of June.

Photo file requirements: please limit the size to 3MB, and submit the photo in jpg or png format.  You must include a title, a short description, and please credit the photographer appropriately.

In addition, we invite you to contribute to the Art and Science Corner, where Art & Science meet!  Participants are invited to present a topic/concept in aquatic science in the form of an original work in any of the following categories.

  1. Picture or scientific illustration (submitted as jpg or png, maximum size 3 MB)
  2. Poetry and short tales (submitted as a text file, sound file, or video; videos limited to 90 seconds)
  3. Conceptual and performance art (submitted as videos limited to 90 seconds)

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Contest Ends In:
Total votes for the Contest "ASM 2021 Photography Contest" : 1221


Allowed File Types : All | Allowed File Size Limit : Any Size

Humans want to retain the land that we have, we build dykes to prevent the ocean from claiming the land. But we forget that this won’t last forever at least not for small islands. This is a picture I took of Kavaratti Island’s north tip, Lakshadweep archipelago, India during my fieldwork.

Author : Darshika Manral

Here’s the elegant sea anemone, Exaiptasia diaphana, under an epifluorescence microscope. The red spots are the chloroplast of the photosynthetic symbionts (colloquially referred to as “zooxanthellae”) excited by the light of a certain wavelength and yes, you can also see those famous green fluorescent protein bands in there!

Author : Hisham Shaikh

Just as the pike depends on macrophytes to hide in them and protects them by reducing the number of grazing fish, so aquatic scientists fight to keep freshwater ecosystems intact as they know that a sustainable future depends on Nurturing Cooperation.

Author : Anne Lewerentz

River output into the Kochechum River on a clear sunny day in the Central Siberian Plateau near the settle of Tura in the Krasnoyarsk Krai region of Russia.

After a long day sailing on Lake Ontario, it is always good to see such a beautiful dance of colors at the far end of Lake Ontario.

Author : Alireza Ghane

One of the last free flowing rivers in Europe, the Vjosa river in Albania. Two entomologists sort macroinvertebrates freshly sampled from its second largest tributary, the Shushica river.
Author: Stéphanie Shousha

Local fishermen going offshore through a navigation channel protected by breakwaters for safe passage. Coastal protection systems ensure sustainability for both the people and the environment, promoting smooth cooperation.
Location: TamilNadu, India

Author : Akshaya TR

Five in the morning, the sun is rising, and you are off to work. Today field sampling to the mesocosms to investigate coastal upwelling systems in a changing ocean.  Truly, as a scientist, we are lucky to be able to travel and see the world not only for science but also for cultural experiences and friendships.

Just before our first storm storm, the three vessels (Sarmiento de Gamboa, Discovery, Cook) from the EXPORTS cruise came closer together for a very rare coordinated sampling of the water column at the PAP site. In this cooperation between international scientists we wanted to better understand the mysterious Twilight Zone (200-1000m) of the ocean.

Author : Laetitia Drago

This picture was taken in a moment the Bird stay calm and rest in shallow water in Pituaçu lagoon, located in Salvador, Bahia, Brazil

At each sampling station in the Belgian Coastal Zone, the RV Simon Stevin (VLIZ) stops for 20-30 minutes, depending on the requirements of the different scientists on board. A range of different sampling equipment are deployed, the CTD being one of them.

The view of McMurdo research station, Antarctica, from the top of Observation Hill taken January 2018 during a research voyage aboard the RVIB Nathaniel B. Palmer. You can see the track in the ice we made coming in! McMurdo was such an interesting place, where the sun frequently dipped in the sky but never quite set, with clear views of the volcano Mt.

Author : Marissa Kellogg

Maybe the key to a sustainable future is to realize that we don’t just interact with nature, we are part of it.
Location: Chania, Greece.

Author : Laiza Faria

Seasonal growth of filamentous algae over a submerged mooring line holding a sensor array in the Gulf of Eilat-Aqaba.
Taken while free-diving.

Author : Yeala Shaked

Years ago at the Furioso River in Catalonia, Spain where Los Del Rio founded and nurtured their cooperation aiming to fight for a better future of fresh water systems.

Author : Stephanie Merbt

We were sailing on board the Oceanographic Vessel “El Puma”, in the eastern tropical Pacific of Mexico. Our mission was to collect sediment and water samples to study the past of our ocean and the effects of human’s activities on it.

Baltic Sea grey seal (Halichoerus grypus grypus) is considered a threat to the fisheries, yet this species is a natural part of the ecosystem. In spite of past declines and coastal exploitation, they are now growing in numbers again. Here, hundreds of grey seals are thriving together with harbour seals in the nature reserve Måkläppen, SW Scania, Sweden.

Last winter I enjoyed Christmas in the middle of the ocean. I was part of the crew of the ANTOM-I oceanographic campaign: a 30-day long campaign that took us from Vigo (Spain) to Punta Arenas (Chile). During that time, almost 20 scientist and 30 sailors worked together every day in order to assess the levels of organic pollutants present at the Atlantic Ocean.

Cygnus olor swimming alone during sunset at the Swedish coastline.

The beautiful jellyfish Pelagia noctiluca photographed near a Posidonia oceanica meadow in Alcanada, Majorca.

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