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Guylian Seahorses of the World Underwater Photography Competition

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2016 winner Hippocampus histrix (Luc Eeckhaut/Belgium)

Belgian luxury chocolate manufacturer Guylian is starting its seventh 'Seahorses of the World' photography and video competition.

Partnered with Nelos, the Flemish League for underwater research and sport, and international marine conservation group Project Seahorse, the competition runs every two years, raising awareness about seahorses, their habitats and the threats they face.

Seahorses inhabit coral reefs, mangroves, seagrasses, lagoons and estuaries, all of which are vulnerable to destructive fishing practices, pollution, dredging and the ever-present threat of climate change. Many seahorse populations themselves are overfished, often traded for aquarium displays or for 'traditional' medicines. 

Guylian, famous for their sea-shell styled chocolates, has adopted the seahorse as its brand icon and has been the main sponsor of Project Seahorse since 1999, providing  €1.7 million in support of its programmes.

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2005 winner Hippocampus bargibanti (Sam Taylor/Australia)

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2014 winner Hippocampus denise (Els Van Den Borre/Belgium)

Entrants have the chance to win across two categories: grand prizes and public prizes. The grand prizes recognise the three best seahorse photographs and best seahorse video with prizes including a Vision Hero Arius 1500 lighting kit from Hugyfot, vouchers for diving equipment and – of course – a selection of Guylian chocolates. 

Entries will be judged by an international panel chaired by Amanda Vincent, director of Project Seahorse, alongside members of NELOS and other Project Seahorse professionals. Entries will be judged on scientific value, artistic value, seahorse species, creativity, and the uniqueness of location and habitat. 

The public prizes are to be awarded based on the number of likes the entries receive from the general public on the website gallery. The top five from a shortlist of the 20 'most liked' pictures will be selected by the jury. Winners will be awarded a selection of chocolates.

To enter the competition, all you need to do is fill in the online entry form at www.seahorses.guylian.com, and send up to five of your best seahorse photographs, or one video, to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. Entries will be accepted until 28 October 2018 and will be displayed in a gallery on the website from 2 July. The festival and awarding of prizes will take place on 17 November 2018 in Beringen, Belgium. Find out more at www.seahorses.guylian.com or www.nelos.be/seahorses. 

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Left, 2008 winner Hippocampus hippocampus  (Luc Rooman/Belgium), (R) 2012 winner Hippocampus pontohi  (Wendy Hoevenaars/Nederlands)

 

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