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2021 Ocean Awareness Contest

Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs

Civil Society/NGOs


The Ocean Awareness Contest is an online educational platform that engages youth ages 11-18 worldwide in learning about and exploring the connections between human activities and the health of our ocean through the creative arts, introducing them to critical environmental issues and empowering them to take action.

The 2021 Ocean Awareness Contest is a remote-friendly, online educational opportunity for students to learn about water The 2021 Contest theme, WATER RISING, invites students to explore water's connection to climate change, health, justice, and culture, and to creatively communicate the need to protect this vital resource. 


  • Submissions accepted in: Visual Art, Creative Writing, Poetry & Spoken Word, Film, Multimedia, Music, and Dance 
  • Open to students ages 11-18 worldwide 
  • Students can work as individuals or as a group/class/club 
  • Hundreds of cash awards available, ranging from $50 to $1,500 
  • Free to enter Deadline: June 14, 2021 

Visit our website for full details: www.bowseat.org/contest. 

 To support students’ participation in the Ocean Awareness Contest, Bow Seat provides a free online, curated Resource Studio that offers an interdisciplinary educational experience—using inspirational artwork, journalistic media, scientific literature, interactive quizzes, visualization tools, and more—to help students learn about environmental issues. 


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