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Contest for USA, Canada, and International Students to Create Artistic Projects that Address Climate Change

12th Annual Ocean Awareness Contest


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Funding Source
Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs
Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

Geographic Focus
USA Territories: American Samoa (USA);   Guam (USA);   Puerto Rico (USA);   Virgin Islands (USA);   Northern Mariana Islands (USA);
USA Compact Free Associations:The Federated States of Micronesia (USA)   Marshall Islands (USA)   Republic of Palau (USA)
International, Israel and Canada.

Important Dates
Deadline: 06/13/23 11:59 PM ET Save

Grant Description
Contest with prizes of up to $1,500 for USA, Canada, and International students to create projects that teach about climate change and its effects on oceans. The purpose of the contest is to engage students aged 11-18 to creatively represent climate change issues. Submissions are accepted in a range of artistic formats.

The 2023 Ocean Awareness Contest – Climate Heroes in Action – encourages students to learn about both climate change and solutions to the climate crisis. We want to celebrate the work of countless everyday heroes fighting to make the world more habitable and just in the face of human-induced climate change. These heroes are leading with determination, resolve, and even joy to create a better world for us all.

Students may submit one entry per category, meaning that you may enter up to six pieces, one in each category. Submissions are accepted in:

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

For additional information on the above, see How to Enter, in Pre-Application Information, below. 


  • Others (see text field entitled "Additional Eligibility Criteria" for clarification)

Additional Eligibility Criteria
- 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 who have started college or university are not eligible to participate in the Contest.
- 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.

Pre-Application Information
Students must create an account and submit their work through the online system by the Contest deadline: June 13, 2023, at 11:59 PM Eastern Time (ET).

A 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.

How to Enter:


Parent/Guardian Consent Form:

Estimated Size of Grant
Cash awards of up to $1,500.

Term of Contract
Submissions must be created during the 2022-23 academic year (or between September 2022 and June 2023).

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