Bow Seat invites applications for the Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Contest for Students Worldwide in 2022.

The 11th annual Ocean Awareness Contest is a platform for young people to learn about environmental issues through art-making and creative communication, explore their relationship to a changing world, and become advocates for positive change.

Worth of Award

By participating, you will

  • Gain knowledge about climate change and its relationship to and impact on the ocean.
  • Grow your skills in communication, critical thinking, creativity, and environmental advocacy. Use your artwork to raise awareness for critical environmental issues.
  • Build your portfolio and make art in your preferred medium, or practice a new one! Add to your resume with a participation certificate.
  • Showcase your talents worldwide.
  • Join Bow Seat’s global community of 24,000+ young people who care about the ocean, environmental justice, and climate action. Be inspired by the work of other young creators around the world.
  • 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.
  • Earn cash awards of up to $1,500!


Students ages 11-18 from around the world are invited to participate.

Students ages 11-18 from around the world are invited to participate in the Ocean Awareness Contest. Enter the division based on your age at the time of entry:

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

Students can participate as an individual or as a club, class, or group of any size. All students must provide the contact information for an Adult Sponsor (teacher, parent, mentor, etc.) Students who have started college or university are not eligible to participate in the Contest.

How to Apply

A written reflection is required to accompany your submission, regardless of category.

Your reflection should describe

1) your creative process and

2) what you have learned through your exploration of the Ocean Awareness Contest theme, THE FUNNY THING ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE. Use the following questions to guide your writing:

  • What inspired your work and creative process?
  • Why are you interested in the arts?
  • What feelings did the process of creating (art, writing, film, music, dance, interactive/multimedia) raise for you?
  • What is your message to viewers of your artwork?
  • After doing research on climate change and the oceans, what have you learned?
  • Beyond individual actions like recycling, what actions will you collectively engage in with your community to tackle climate change?

Reflection Requirements:

  • Length: Minimum of 100 words
  • Your reflection must be written in English.

Deadline: The deadline for the Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Contest is June 13, 2022.


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