2020 Ocean Awareness Contest

Ocean Awareness Contest
Ocean Awareness Contest

Date and Time:

Tuesday, September 17, 2019, 12:00am to Monday, June 15, 2020, 11:59pm

Registration Deadline:

Monday, June 15, 2020, 11:59pm

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2020 Ocean Awareness Contest

Theme | Climate Hope: Transforming Crisis

Students are invited to create visual art (any medium), poetry, prose, music, film, or interactive and multimedia that explores the climate crisis, its impact on oceans, and the role of hope in creating transformation at local, national, or global scales. 


  • Open to middle and high school students ages 11-18 worldwide
  • Students can submit as individuals or as a class, group, or club
  • Hundreds of cash awards available, ranging from $50 to $1,500, as well as special opportunities for exhibiting, publishing, and participation in international environmental campaigns
  • Free to enter

For more information and to submit online, visit bowseat.org/contest.

Deadline to enter: June 15, 2020

Resources for Educators

  • $750 Educator Innovation Award: Teachers and youth program coordinators are encouraged to nominate themselves or a colleague for our Educator Innovation Awards, recognizing the creative ways that educators incorporate the Ocean Awareness Contest into their curricula. Learn more.
  • Classroom Activities: Our new Resource Studio has¬†lesson plans, media, and articles to help you bring oceans and climate change into your classroom, and to get your students started on their creative projects. Check out our resources for educators here.

About Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs
Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs is a Boston-based nonprofit that activates the next wave of ocean leaders through the arts, science, and advocacy, and provides a space for students to connect, create, and communicate for our blue planet. Since 2012, Bow Seat has encouraged youth to learn about and engage with environmental issues through art-making. More than 12,000 teenagers representing 106 countries and all 50 U.S. states have participated in Bow Seat's programs.

Contact Name:

Alyssa Irizarry

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