2013-2014 “Sustainable Seas” Art Contest

Available: USA Nationwide

Closing Date: 2/28/2014

Kids in grades K–12 are invited to participate in a “Sustainable Seas” art contest sponsored by JASON Learning, the North American Marine Environmental Protection Association (NAMEPA), and the U.S. Coast Guard. Sustainable development is a way to use the resources we need to live healthy and fulfilling lives without endangering the future well-being of the planet and all the creatures that call it home. Having sustainable seas means using our aquatic resources to help meet our needs in terms of food, transportation, and recreation, but doing so in a responsible way. What is one specific thing people could do to create healthier, more sustainable seas? Create an original poster with your answer to this question, and you might win a prize!

This contest is open to individual students living in North America and enrolled in grades K–12 during the 2013–2014 school year. All entries must be submitted by February 28, 2014, and winners will be selected by March 31, 2014. See below for more details on artwork specifications, how to submit your artwork, judging, and prizes.

Artwork Specifications

Each entry must be a two-dimensional, original piece of artwork done on white poster board with dimensions of 28 in. x 22 in. (71 cm x 56 cm). Any art medium may be used (e.g., colored pencils, crayons, or paint); however, computer graphics will not be accepted. Artwork must be hand-drawn by the entrant. Pale colors should not be used because they are too difficult to reprint. Also note that artwork must be flat (e.g., no glued pieces) and able to be scanned. As the winning artwork will be used in a calendar, landscape format (horizontal) artwork is preferred to portrait format (vertical) artwork. Please note that any artwork that includes copyrighted or trademarked product names (e.g., Coca-Cola ®) will be disqualified.

How to Submit Your Artwork

You must take a high-resolution (at least 3072 x 2304 pixels) digital photograph of your poster in order to submit your entry. One way to do this is to place your poster on the floor in a well-lit room and use a digital camera to take the picture from above.

You or your teacher/facilitator must upload the digital photo of your poster along with your name, grade, school/after-school program name, school/after-school program address, and teacher/facilitator’s name, phone number, and e-mail address via the link below. All entries must be uploaded by February 28, 2014.


Entries will be judged by a committee of representatives from the sponsoring organizations. Judges will evaluate entries on the interpretation and clarity of the theme to the viewer, creativity and originality, the quality of the artistic composition, and the overall impression of the artwork.


Twelve entries (six from grades K–5 and six from grades 6–12) will be selected as finalists by March 31, 2014. Finalists will be required to submit their original artwork upon being notified of their selection as finalists. The finalist artwork will be featured on the JASON Learning, NAMEPA, and U.S. Coast Guard websites. Finalists will receive a certificate and a calendar with the artwork from all 12 finalists. Two grand-prize winning artists (one from each of the grade brackets) will be selected from among the finalists and will also receive:

  1. Signed photograph and book from world-famous oceanographer Dr. Robert Ballard
  2. $100 cash prize
  3. U.S. Coast Guard prize package


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