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Dec 2

2023 Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Student Contest

December 2, 2022 - June 13, 2023

2023 Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Student Contest

The 2023 Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Student Contest, now is calling for entries, this time themed Climate Heroes in Action.

The 12th annual Ocean Awareness Contest is a platform for young people to learn about environmental issues through art-making and creative communication, explore their relationship to a changing world, and become advocates for positive change.

Climate change impacts our oceans in a multitude of ways: extreme weather events, unprecedented coral bleaching, and rising sea levels, to name a few. As oceans play a critical role in regulating our climate and act as a buffer to protect us from global warming, the health of our oceans is tied to human health, whether we live on the coast or hundreds of miles inland.

The media – whether a newspaper, broadcast, or TikTok – tends to focus on the negative. These stories get clicks and attract interest. Yes, climate change is the greatest threat that our blue planet is facing right now, but it is easy to doomscroll through this bad news and miss optimistic stories. There are reasons to feel hope for the future. We live in a world with scary problems, but we also live in a world with real climate solutions.

Submissions are accepted in:

 Visual Art
 Poetry & Spoken Word
 Creative Writing
 Performing Arts: Music & Dance
 Interactive & Multimedia


Students ages 11-18 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

Students can participate as an individual or as a club, class, or group of any size.



Gold, Silver and Bronze Award winners, as well as Honorable Mention winners will be announced in each contest division. Several other special awards will be announced as well.


Entry fees

There is no entry fee to participate!


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