PEMSEA and ASSIST ASIA launch ‘Our Oceans, Our Home’ photo contest for World Oceans Day

May 12, 2017

Protection of our shared coasts and oceans takes center stage next month with World Oceans Day on June 8th and the gathering of delegates from around the world at the United Nations Headquarters for the UN Ocean Conference from June 5-9.


In celebration of these events, Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA) invites amateur photographers and photography enthusiasts to capture their views and vision of our shared ocean home in East Asia. Leading up to World Oceans Day, ‘Ten Photos to Shake the World (TPSW)’, an annual competition organized and originated by Asia Society for Social Improvement and Sustainable Transformation (ASSIST), will feature the theme ‘Our Oceans, Our Home’. The contest aims to raise awareness about protecting and sustaining healthy and resilient coasts and oceans and the communities that rely on them across East Asia.


Photographs of the coasts and oceans of East Asia – including Brunei, Cambodia, PR China, Indonesia, Japan, DPR Korea, Lao PDR, Malaysia, Philippines, Republic of Korea, Singapore, Timor Leste, Thailand or Vietnam – must depict the beauty and significance of our ocean home, and efforts to protect it.


Ten finalists will be chosen and featured on TPSW’s Facebook page and PEMSEA’s websiteand Facebook page. The three top winners will be awarded cash prizes.


Deadline for submission of entries is on June 11, 2017 at 12:00PM HKT/SGT/PHT. For more details about the contest, visit





Partnerships in Environmental Management for the Seas of East Asia (PEMSEA) is an intergovernmental organization operating in East Asia to foster and sustain healthy and resilient oceans, coasts, communities and economies across the region. Through integrated coastal management solutions and partnerships, PEMSEA works with local and national governments, international development organizations, companies, investors and research institutions towards sustainable development of coasts and oceans in East Asia. For more information, visit www.pemsea.orgor follow PEMSEA on Facebookand Twitter(@PEMSEA).