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Winners of the #YoungOceanWaves contest announced: Djemila Tassin, Mariana Mata Lara and Gabriele Tiskeviciute!


Over 136 amazing photos and videos have been shared on Instagram between 14.07 and 18.08 2020. A wave of inspiring, intense, stunning images of the ocean, its creatures, landscapes and people who are emotionally connected to our blue planet.

All entries can be viewed by searching the #YoungOceanWaves hashtag on Instagram.


Djemila Tassin, Mariana Mata Lara and Gabriele Tiskeviciute were selected as main winners, while seven more winners have been awarded smaller prizes! Watch the winning videos!

1st prize | Djemila Tassin

Kairos | Mediterranean Sea, 2020

2nd prize | Mariana Mata Lara

The Ocean is... | Portugal, Maldives, France, Thailand and Greece, 2020

3rd prize | Gabriele Tiskeviciute

Thalassophilia| The Philippines, Egypt, 2020

Winners have been announced during the “EU4Ocean coalition: what, what for, how?” online workshop, which took place on 24 September in the frame of the 2-day virtual “EU4Ocean workshop – Designing Ocean Literacy action in Europe”.

Winners’ profiles and entries are visible HERE

Contest goals

The #YoungOceanWaves contest was looking for cool videos & photos that show how human beings and the ocean are connected.

The #YoungOceanWaves contest, promoted by the Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE) encouraged everybody - especially young people - to show what the ocean means for them, be it marvellous colours and living creatures, fun, sports, crazy or relaxed adventures. Participants around the globe could share photos or 30 second long videos in English language, accompanied by the #YoungOceanWaves hashtag.

Jury evaluation

A first evaluation of the 136 entries lead to a shortlist of 20 that was submitted to a high-profile Jury Panel that included:

  1. Yann Leymarie, Surfrider Europe
  2. James Nikitine, Manaia Productions
  3. Farah Obaidullah, Ocean Advocate & Founder Women4Oceans
  4. Andreea Strachinescu, Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE)
  5. Alessandra Portis, Directorate-General for Maritime Affairs and Fisheries (DG MARE)

Ten participants were finally awarded prizes based on the following criteria:

  • Message content
  • Creativity & originality
  • Videography interest and quality


Winning videos/photos are featured on the Youth4Ocean Forum website, were announced at the virtual event that took place on 24 September and received a certificate.

  • 1st prize: A GoPro camera
  • 2nd prize: A 1-year online subscription to National Geographic
  • 3rd prize: Goodie bag from the Nausicaā Centre National de la Mer aquarium
  • From 4th to 10th place: vouchers for sustainable products