2021 Ocean Awareness Contest


2021 Ocean Awareness Contest

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2021 Ocean Awareness Contest


The 10th annual 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. 

Students are invited to create Visual Art, Creative Writing, Film, Interactive & Multimedia, Performing Arts: Music & Dance, and Poetry & Spoken Word that explores their connection to water and creatively communicates the need to protect this vital resource.


  • Open to middle and high school students ages 11-18 worldwide
  • Students can submit as individuals or as a class/group/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 14, 2021

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 physical or virtual classrooms. Learn more.
  • Classroom Activities: We have compiled lesson plans, media, and articles to help you bring the Ocean Awareness Contest into your classroom, and to get your students started on their creative projects. Visit our Resource Studio.

About Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs
Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs is a Massachusetts-based nonprofit that engages young people in ocean conservation and advocacy through the arts. Since 2011, nearly 18,000 teenagers representing 106 countries and all 50 U.S. states have participated in Bow Seat's programs.