Los Angeles, CA – April 25, 2013 - The MY HERO International Film Festival and One World One Ocean are calling for entries for the Sylvia Earle Ocean Conservation Award, a new award inspired by the lifelong work of oceanographer Dr. Sylvia Earle, whose dedication to ocean conservation is second to none. Formed to celebrate ocean conservation through film, the award is presented by the One World One Ocean Campaign, a multi-platform media initiative created by MacGillivray Freeman Films of Laguna Beach. The first Ocean Conservation Award, which comes with a $500 cash prize, will be presented at next year's 2013 MY HERO International Film Festival to the filmmaker whose work best illustrates his or her personal ocean hero. Submit your film

"Our mission at One World One Ocean is to change how people see and value the ocean, which is why we are pleased to partner with MY HERO to create this new award," said Academy Award-nominated filmmaker Greg MacGillivray, who participates on the judging committee for the award. "Sylvia Earle is our ocean hero, and we hope this award inspires aspiring filmmakers to shine a spotlight on other dedicated people from all walks of life who are working tirelessly on behalf of our oceans."

A world-renowned oceanographer and explorer, Earle is an author, lecturer, explorer, leader, and research scientists who has led more than 70 expeditions, logging more than 6,500 hours underwater. Formally chief scientist of NOAA, and now a National Geographic explorer-in-residence, she was awarded the 2009 TED Prize for her proposal to establish a global network of marine protected areas, called "hope spots." She is an inspiration to ocean activists everywhere, including One World One Ocean and she serves as principal advisor to the campaign. 

One World One Ocean is a for-purpose, multimedia campaign that is harnessing the power of film, television, new media and education outreach to generate greater global awareness of the ocean's importance to society. As "the ocean's storyteller," One World One Ocean will inspire and connect millions worldwide in an effort to catalyze a movement to restore and protect the world's oceans. The campaign is an initiative of MacGillivray Freeman Films, the production team behind more than 35 IMAX films, including the Academy Award-nominated films The Living Sea and Dolphins.

Since 1995, the MY HERO Project has worked to bring heroes from every walk of life to the forefront of international media. The MY HERO International Film Festival continues this tradition by honoring those individuals who dedicate themselves to bettering the world one community at a time. 

The call for entries deadline for the Sylvia Earle Ocean Conservation Award is May 1st 2013. The winner will be announced on World Oceans Day, June 8th 2013, and celebrated in the 9th Annual MY HERO International Film Festival later this year. All entries are welcome to submit at

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Sylvia Earle Ocean Conservation Award - Submit your film now!
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