Ocean Awareness Student Art Contest

     Category:  Students Only
     Deadline:  June 15, 2014  (expired!)
     Contest's Website:  [link]

    Did you know that plastics account for 80% of all ocean pollution? This is one of the most pressing challenges facing the ocean. Plastics pose a huge threat to the ocean ecosystem because they do not biodegrade. Instead, they continue to break into smaller and smaller pieces, which litter the ocean and its beaches.

    Organized by From the Bow Seat, this year’s contest asks you to explore the major questions surrounding ocean plastic pollution. Why is there so much plastic in our oceans? Where does it come from? How does it affect ocean animals and ecosystems? Is this a problem worthy of international attention? Are there alternatives to plastic that could help alleviate the ongoing problem of ocean pollution? How does our "throwaway culture" impact the amount of plastic in our oceans?

    You are encouraged to get inspired and create a painting, sculpture, graphic, collage, or mixed media piece that focuses on plastic pollution in our oceans. Straight photography will not be considered for the 2014 contest, but photographs may be incorporated into other mediums.

    Need inspiration? Think of what interests you the most! You could focus your work on an animal impacted by plastics pollution — like sea turtles, whales, or birds — or make a sculpture from discarded beach plastic. Interpretations are open.

    An individual or group (ranging from two people to an entire class of students) may submit art.

    There is no entry fee.


    The contest is open to students anywhere in the world.


    • 1st place receives $1,500 for themselves and another $1,500 for their school
    • 2nd place receives $1,000
    • 3rd place receives $500

    Moreover, 10 honorable mention recipients will receive $250 each, and three teachers will receive recognition awards of $750 each.