Ocean Awareness Student Contest

Contest Overview
2020 Theme | Climate Hope: Transforming Crisis
The global Ocean Awareness Contest is a platform for young people to learn about ocean issues through art-making and creative communication, and where teens can explore their relationship to a changing world and become advocates for environmental action. Students ages 11-18 from are invited to participate.

Your voices, visions, and stories of hope are needed to help transform the world.
The 2020 Ocean Awareness Contest is a call for young artists, conservationists, makers, thinkers, and activists who are concerned about the future of our blue planet. Join thousands of youth around the world in our annual program that raises awareness about the climate crisis and potential solutions, uplifts youth voices for ocean conservation, and inspires hope and action through art, creative media, and storytelling.

Annual Amount


Additional Selection Criteria

Who May Enter

  • This is an international Contest and is open to students ages 11-18 who are enrolled in middle school or high school (or the homeschool equivalent) worldwide. Proof of age, identity, or eligibility may be required.
  • Students ages 11-14 may enter the Junior Division. Students ages 15-18 may enter the Senior Division. Please enter the age division based on your age at the time of entry.
  • Participants under the age of 13 must have a parent or legal guardian complete a Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Parent/Guardian Consent Form with their submission. Learn more >
  • Entries may be submitted by an individual or group of unlimited size. If you submit as a group, there must be one group leader who will serve as the contact person for the group. All of the names of the group members must be listed in the submission. Award money will be split evenly among the group members.
  • Any student may submit (i.e., have their name included in) only one entry per category. Therefore, a student may have a maximum of six different submissions, one in each category.

Application Process

How to Enter

  • There is no fee to enter the Contest.
  • Students must create an account and submit their work through our online system by the Contest deadline June 15, 2020, at 11:59 PM Eastern Time (ET). Bow Seat cannot accept submissions via email or physical mail.
  • Students must provide the contact information for an Adult Sponsor: a teacher, parent, guardian, mentor, or other supporting adult.
  • Entries submitted previously to the Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Contest will not be considered in the 2020 Contest. Submissions must be created during the 2019 academic year (or between July 2019 and June 2020).
  • All entries must be the students’ original work. While we recognize that existing sources will be used for inspiration and research, Bow Seat reserves the right to disqualify an entry at any time if we suspect or determine plagiarism.
  • Entries must be submitted in English or have an English translation in order to be considered for judging.


  • By entering the Ocean Awareness Contest, you agree to Bow Seat’s Terms of Use.
  • Bow Seat promises to run this Contest fairly, ethically, and with integrity.
  • All judging decisions are final.
  • All winners and their sponsors will be notified by email before they are publicly announced.
  • Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs reserves the right to use students’ work for marketing and promotional purposes in any and all media.
  • Winners will be required to verify their eligibility by completing an Affidavit of Eligibility/Liability Release, and, where lawful, a Publicity Release during the award claim process.

FOR MORE INFORMATION, GO TO:  https://bowseat.org/programs/ocean-awareness-contest/how-to-enter/


June 15, 2020

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