This year it is possible to apply for three categories: Landscape, work and aquatic conservation; Aquatic flora and fauna and Antarctic and sub-Antarctic environments. The bases and application form are found on the website: ojopez.cl.

During this Oceans Day, the application to participate in the photographic contest “Ojo de Pez: Portray the life of the aquatic world” was opened, a national contest that arises from the Los Ríos region and invites you to capture and show the beauty and problems of the aquatic environments of our country.

Through this initiative, the aim is to explore and discover landscapes, flora and fauna and also to publicize the productive work that is carried out in them. In addition, it seeks to raise awareness about the contaminated ecosystems of rivers, lakes and seas.

“Today we celebrate a decade of the Ojo de Pez contest, where each photograph has the power to tell a story, evoke emotions and unite us in the protection of our aquatic bodies. Let’s continue creating art with purpose, leaving significant traces through our images”, said José Garcés-Vargas, general coordinator of this initiative, professor at the Institute of Marine and Limnological Sciences (ICML) of the Austral University of Chile (UACh) and researcher of the Center for Dynamic Research of High Latitude Marine Ecosystems (IDEAL).

The contest has 3 categories. The first one is “Landscape, work and aquatic conservation” which is intended for photographs that show environments that include some aquatic system (river, estuary, lake, lagoon, wetland or sea,) that exhibit a sustainable activity or that highlight a problem environment in these habitats. The second is “Aquatic Flora and Fauna,” where images that show the biodiversity that inhabits rivers, estuaries, lakes, lagoons, wetlands or seas are accepted.

The last category is “Antarctic and sub-Antarctic environments” that addresses any of the topics described in the other categories and that have also been captured in the Aysén or Magallanes and Chilean Antarctic regions.

To participate, those interested must access the ojopez.cl website, complete the registration form and upload their photographs with their respective title, a brief description and the place where they were captured. Each participant can submit a maximum of three photographs regardless of the category in which they want to participate. The works must be delivered in JPG format and have a file size greater than 5 MB and less than 15 MB.

The date for receiving works in all categories ends on August 4, 2023 at 11:59 p.m. in continental Chile, UTC-4.

The jury for this version will be made up of renowned personalities from scientific communication and photography: Nélida Pohl, Nadia Politis, Cristian Campos, Patricio Riquelme and Claudio Almarza.

A total of fourteen prizes will be awarded to the winners of Ojo de Pez. The main prize consists of a one-week stay at the Quempillén Experimental Station of the UACh in Ancud, Chiloé, for the winner of the contest. In addition, the three best photographs will be awarded for each category. There will be a special prize reserved for a winner or resident of the Los Ríos region, which is the birthplace of this contest. Finally, among the 30 selected photographs, three will be chosen by public voting to receive a special prize.

In the latest version of the contest, more than 280 photographs were received from all regions of the country, winning the image “Última Esperanza” by Felipe Araya Fernández.

To make inquiries about the details of the contest, the email is available: concurso@ojopez.cl. You can also check the ojopez.cl website. The 2023 version of the Ojo de Pez photographic contest is organized by the ICML of the UACh, the IDEAL Center and the Chilean Antarctic Institute (INACH.) In addition, this event has the support of the Vice-Rector for Research, Development and Artistic Creation (VIDCA), the Faculty of Sciences, the School of Marine Biology (BIMA) and the Doctorate in Marine Biology, all of them belonging to the UACh as well as of the Science for Innovation 2030 project, South-Subantarctic Consortium (Ci2030). Additionally, it has the collaboration of the R.A. Philippi Exploration Museum of the UACh and the Chilean Association of Journalists and Professionals for Science Communication (ACHIPEC).