2022 Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Contest – The Funny Thing About Climate Change


Date and Time:

Wednesday, September 1, 2021, 12:00am to Monday, June 13, 2022, 12:00am

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The Ocean Awareness Contest is a platform for young people to learn about environmental issues through art-making and creative communication, and become advocates for positive change. The 2022 Ocean Awareness Contest theme THE FUNNY THING ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE challenges students to learn about climate change and its impact on the ocean, and to explore new ways, like humor, satire, or kitsch, to communicate the urgency of the climate crisis. 

Submissions accepted in: Visual Art, Creative Writing, Film, Interactive & Multimedia, Performing Arts: Music & Dance, and Poetry & Spoken Word. Open to middle and high school students ages 11-18 worldwide. Students can work as individuals or as a group/class/club. Hundreds of cash awards available, ranging from $50 to $1,500. Free to enter

Deadline: June 13, 2022

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Be sure to check out Bow Seat’s Resource Studio, where you and your students can access curated resources such as articles, primary literature, lesson plans, quizzes, and inspirational media that break the mold on your typical doom and gloom messaging.

Educator Innovation Awards: If you bring the Ocean Awareness Contest into your physical or virtual classroom this year, we want to hear from you! Nominate yourself or a colleague for a $750 award. 

Additional Awards:

The We All Rise Prize – Ten $750 awards in both the Junior Division (ages 11-14) and Senior Division (ages 15-18)—a total of 20 awards—will be offered to students in the U.S. who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or Latine in the 2022 Ocean Awareness Contest, and whose entries demonstrate notable artistic achievement in their chosen category. 

The Voice of the Sea Award – Bow Seat recognizes two spoken word poetry submissions with Voice of the Sea Awards at the Gold-level in each age division: one $1,000 award for a Junior submission, and one $1,500 award for a Senior submission.

As always, please don't hesitate to reach out if you have any questions about our programs. 

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Eric Carstens

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