Climate change is the biggest issue of your lifetime. Your whole life will be lived as the impacts of global climate change are taking place. Our Contest is a call for young artists, thinkers, and activists who are concerned about the future of our human and natural communities to use their creative voices to explore, express, and advocate for issues related to climate change and our oceans.
Create a piece about a coastal/marine species, place, or system in 2019 that will be threatened, altered, or lost due to climate change. From organism to ecosystem, what are the impacts of climate change on our ocean? What do you want future generations to know about marine life in 2019? What can you create that will raise awareness now for your chosen subject? Climate change requires that we think about the past, present, and future simultaneously. Because of earlier human actions, our ocean is facing real and imminent threats today; our every action—or inaction—now impacts the future of our communities and our blue planet. The effects of climate change are not something that will happen to faraway generations—it is happening now; it is happening to us. What do we stand to lose? What can we gain from learning from our past and taking steps now to create a sustainable and just future?
Students from around the world are invited to participate in the Ocean Awareness Contest. Enter the division based on your age at the time of entry: • Junior Division: Age 11-14 • Senior Division: Age 15-18 All students must also provide the contact information for an adult sponsor (teacher, parent, mentor, etc.). • Gain knowledge about a critical issue facing your generation • Build your portfolio and make art in your preferred medium, or practice a new one! • Develop skills in communication, critical thinking, creativity, and global awareness • Join a global community of young people that care about our ocean • Earn scholarships of up to $1,500
More than $5,000 will be awarded in 2019, in total. Gold, Silver and Bronze Award winners, as well as Honorable Mention winners will be announced in each contest division.