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Ocean Awareness Award 2022

Global Ocean Awareness Contest 2022

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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.


We need to protect our ocean if we are to have a chance at reversing climate change. With warming happening even faster than scientists previously thought, catastrophic changes are happening on Earth. It’s a dire situation made worse by misinformation, dooms, divisiveness, and apathy.

This prompt is meant to inspire and guide you but you are still allowed to think beyond this prompt. However, please make sure that your piece is suitable for audiences of all ages. Racism, sexism, and homophobia are not allowed, and submissions that present any prejudices will be immediately disqualified from the Contest.

You might also be interested in the Wheelwright Prize 2022

Submission Catagories

  • Visual Art
  • Creative Writing
  • Film
  • Interactive & Multimedia
  • Performing Arts: Music & Dance
  • Poetry & Spoken Word

Also check out: Life After Conflict (International Competition)


Enter the division based on your age at the time of entry:

  • Junior Division: Age 11-14
  • Senior Division: Age 15-18


  1. Gain knowledge about climate change and its impact on the ocean.
  2. Grow your skills in communication, critical thinking, creativity, and environmental advocacy.
  3. Build your portfolio and make art in your preferred medium, or practice a new one!
  4.  Showcase your talents worldwide through art exhibitions, publications, social media campaigns, and scholarships.
  5. Moreover, join Bow Seat’s global community of 24,000+ young people who care about the ocean, environmental justice, and climate action.
  6. Also, be eligible for special opportunities, like the Future Blue Youth Council, a diverse group of young people working together to advance Bow Seat’s mission and to empower fellow peers to advocate for the environment.
  7. In addition, earn cash awards of up to $1,500!

Know more about: Annual Word Press Photo Contest 2022


Awards are for each category at both the Junior and Senior divisions:

Junior Division

  • Gold Award – $1,000
  • Silver Award -$750
  • Bronze Award $250
  • Honorable Mention $50

Senior Division

  • Gold Award- $1,500
  • Silver Award- $1,000
  • Bronze Award- $500
  • Honorable Mention- $100


  • We All Rise Prize (Black, Indigenous, and Latina/o/e students only)
  • Voice of the Sea Award (Spoken Word submissions only)
  • Bay State Award (Massachusetts students only)
  • Hometown Award (Boston students only)
  • Educator Innovation Award

As a winner, you may have a special opportunity to raise awaremess of ocean issues by showcasing your talents worldwide.

How to Enter

You should note that there is no fee to enter the Contest.

  • Students must create an account and submit their work through the website provided in the official website. system
  • Students also should provide the contact information for an Adult Sponsor
  •  Submissions must be created during the 2021-22 academic year (or between July 2021 and June 2022).
  • All entries must be original work.
  • Entries must be in English or have an English translation.

Please visit the official website to check the requirements for each catagory.



Type of Opportunity Competitions and Awards
Deadline13 June,2022
Open toall
OrganizerBow Seat
Contact the organizer[email protected]



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