Winners of the World Seagrass Day photo competition – 2024

We celebrated World Seagrass Day on the 1st March 2024. This day was initiated by the environmental groups and endorsed by the United Nations, this day highlights the critical role seagrasses play in the oceanic ecosystem. The aim of the day is to raise awareness about the conservation of seagrass meadows and their importance in combating climate change and supporting marine life.

We asked for your favourite seagrass related photos from the Indian Ocean which could include pictures taken of you conducting seagrass field research, aerial drone photos or photos in the water.

Thank you to everyone that entered from all across the Indian Ocean, we received some excellent photos.

Our winners this year are:

Mir Kashem, Bangladesh Oceanographic Research Institute (BORI), Bangladesh

The Land of Seagrass, Sandwip (Island), Chittagong, Bangladesh Credit: Mir Kashem

Susantha Udagedara, Director РSeagrass & Climate Change Programme- Blue Resources Trust, Sri Lanka 

Susantha collaborated with the Sri Lankan government, World Seagrass Association, and UN to initiate awareness with an event that focused on the ‘Blue for Blooming,’ emphasizing seagrass conservation for livelihoods.

Below are a few more of our favourites from the competition.