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2019 Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Student Contest

The 2019 Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Student Contest, themed: Presence of Future, has opened for entry to participants worldwide.

Participants are invited to create a piece about a coastal/marine species, place, or system 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?

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. Several other special awards will be announced as well.

Students from around the world are invited to participate. Works of visual art, poetry, prose, film, and music can be entered.

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?

Submissions are judged based on:

  • How well they address the annual theme of the Contest
  • Artistic voice, originality, and imagination
  • Craftsmanship, including quality, technique, attention to detail, and accuracy of communicating issues
  • Meeting the Contest submission requirements (such as length, file type, etc.)

Bow Seat, a nonprofit organization based in Massachusetts, USA, provides an innovative space for teens to connect, create, and communicate for our ocean. Working at the intersection of ocean science and arts education, our award-winning programming emphasizes creative thinking and making in exploring the natural world.