The third edition of the photo competition:
Life among the reef 2024!

We have now reached the third edition of the LIFE Pinna photo contest, which follows those of 2023 and 2022, in which six splendid images were awarded.

“Life among the reef” is now open for submissions until midnight on 22 September, 2024.

The contest invites all those who photograph the beauty of the Mediterranean to partecipate, whether by snorkeling or exploring the coast, and capture the biodiversity that still thrives in the Mediterranean, even just a stone’s throw from the coast.

Winners will receive prizes such as marine-themed books, t-shirts, and gadgets from the LIFE Pinna project.

When you are at sea, please remember to report any alive individuals of the bivalve mollusc Pinna nobilis, now increasingly rare and indispensable for the LIFE Pinna project. You can use this simple form

Two Stenopus spinosus shrimps in a crevice among the rocks and a moray eel in the background: the winning image of the 2023 edition


Triton Research Srl on behalf of the LIFE Pinna Project
Triton Research Srl – Via Alessandro Scarlatti 8 – 80129 Napoli – P.IVA 09209341214

There is no participation fee for this contest.

The title of the contest is Life among the Reef. Subjects may include all organisms encountered along the tide line and in the shallows, accessibile through snorkeling or exploring the coast. This includes crabs, small fish, interesting algae formations, and other organisms encountered in their natural habitat.

The subjects must be located in the Mediterranean, and cannot include captive nor domestic animals.

Note: the jury will give special consideration to photographs featuring Pinna nobilis.

Contest opening: 22 may 2024
Contest closing date: 22 September 2024
Jury voting: 23 September to 3 October 2024
Announcement of winners: 4 October 2024
Awarding of prizes: October – November 2024

Participation in the contest is open to all.

Each participant may submit up to 3 images (hereinafter, also only named as the ‘work’ ‘works’ or ‘images’) in JPG format, with a long side of at least 2,000 pixels. Raw photos are not allowed.
Images may be in colour or black and white. Normal colour, tone, contrast, saturation and level corrections are permitted. Photomontages, retouching, removing or adding key elements are not allowed. In addition, frames, dates, signatures and lettering superimposed on the photos are not allowed. Works must not have received prizes or mentions in photographic competitions at the time of entry.

Participants must submit their works by e-mail or via WeTransfer to the following address: 
Each work must be numbered, bear the initials of the author’s First Name and Surname and have a title (for example, Mario Rossi, photo no. 1 of a coral will be: MR_Corallo_1).

The deadline for acceptance of submitted images is 23:59 on 22 September 2024.

The images awarded in the 2022 and 2023 editions of “Life among the reef” are not eligible for submission.

The authors retain ownership and rights of their images, but they grant Triton Research Srl the right of free use and publication – online and offline – of the submitted Works, with the obligation to indicate the name of the author. The latter authorizes Triton Research Srl to publish and disseminate the Images for purposes related to the contest, its communication and promotion, such as catalogue, calendar and website (with watermark, if required), for exhibitions or other cultural purposes.

Triton Research Srl may not assign, in any way, the rights of use to third-parties, nor use the authors’ images for profit.

Each author declares to be the exclusive owner of the copyright on the Images and is personally responsible for the subject matter of the submitted Work and its description, relieving Triton Research Srl from any liability. Participation in the contest implies that the submitted Images do not infringe any third-party rights. The author of the Images therefore guarantees that he/she has obtained the required authorization for Images depicting people and/or things for which it is required to obtain a specific consent, relieving Triton Research Srl from any responsibility.

The jury, which will assess the works, will be composed as follows:

Alessandro Midlarz, Communication Manager of LIFE Pinna, Triton Research, journalist and naturalist,
Diego Mattioli, Project Manager, Triton Research,
Costanza Viglianisi, Project Assistant, Triton Research,
Francesco Tomasinelli, Communication Manager, Triton Research, naturalist and photographer,
Daniele Grech, IMC International Marine Centre Foundation, marine biologist.

The judgement of the jury is final and irrevocable to all effects. The evaluation will consider the technical aspects of the images (composition, file quality, sharpness) and those relating to natural science (uniqueness of the situation, rarity of the species portrayed).

From all the works submitted, the jury will choose three works in each category (classified as first, second and third)

The first classified will receive the book ‘Flora e fauna del Mediterraneo” by Egidio Trainito e Rossella Baldacconi, Ed. Il Castello, the T-shirt and some project gadgets.
The second prize winner will receive a T-shirt and some project gadgets.
The third-place winner will receive some project gadgets.

Prizes will be sent directly to the winner.

The provision of all requested data by interested parties is a prerequisite for participation in the contest. The aforementioned personal data will be processed – in compliance with the EU Regulation 2016/679 (G.D.P.R.) – using paper and computer tools, in such a way as to guarantee their security and confidentiality, exclusively for participation in this contest, i.e., for the identification of the winners and the identification of the authors of the photos on the various occasions in which they will be exhibited or published. It will be possible at any time to exercise the rights set out in Chapter III of the G.D.P.R., such as requesting the rectification, updating, and cancellation of data. The interested party can exercise the rights provided by the G.D.P.R. The data controller is Triton Research Srl, Via dei Mille 40 – 80121 Napoli.

Participation in the contest implies knowledge and acceptance of these regulations.

For information, please contact Triton Research Srl,