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

11th Annual Ocean Awareness Contest

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Foundation / Corporation

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Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs

Deadline Date:

06/13/22 11:59 PM ET


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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. Students may use techniques including irony, parody, satire, and humor in their creations.

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.

The 2022 Ocean Awareness Contest—THE FUNNY THING ABOUT CLIMATE CHANGE—challenges students to learn about climate change and its impact on the ocean, and to explore new ways to communicate the urgency of the climate crisis. The Foundation is looking for innovative pieces that challenge expectations for what climate change messaging should look like. How can you talk about climate change in a fresh way? How can you capture attention without sacrificing your message?

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

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

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

GrantWatch ID#:

GrantWatch ID#: 200232

Number of Grants:

Each category is judged separately, and each category will have its own Gold, Silver, Bronze, and Honorable Mention winners.

Estimated Size of Grant:

Cash awards of up to $1,500.

Additional Eligibility Criteria:

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

Any student age 11-18 who is/was enrolled in middle or high school (secondary school) while the Contest is open. For example, if you are in the 12th grade in September 2021 and graduate high school in May/June 2022, then you are eligible to participate in the 2022 Ocean Awareness Contest.

If you are turning 11 during the 2021-2022 school year, you are eligible for the Contest.

If you are under the age of 13, your parent or legal guardian must review, sign, and upload or send a Parent/Guardian Consent Form as part of your submission.

Your sponsor can be any adult: your parent, legal guardian, teacher, coach, mentor, etc.

Students who have started college or university are not eligible to participate in the Contest.

Pre-Application Information:

All submissions must be received by June 13, 2022, at 11:59 PM Eastern Time (ET). The online platform will close automatically at the Contest deadline. Please plan accordingly!

All 2022 contest participants are notified of results and winners are announced in November 2022.

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.)

In order to be considered by the judges, your submission, supporting materials (i.e., Music lyrics or Film captions), and accompanying reflection must be in English.

How to Enter:


Parent/Guardian Consent Form:

Contact Information:

Before starting your grant application, please review the funding source's website listed below for updates/changes/addendums/conferences/LOIs.

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USA: Alabama;   Alaska;   Arizona;   Arkansas;   California;   Colorado;   Connecticut;   Delaware;   Florida;   Georgia;   Hawaii;   Idaho;   Illinois;   Indiana;   Iowa;   Kansas;   Kentucky;   Louisiana;   Maine;   Maryland;   Massachusetts;   Michigan;   Minnesota;   Mississippi;   Missouri;   Montana;   Nebraska;   Nevada;   New Hampshire;   New Jersey;   New Mexico;   New York City;   New York;   North Carolina;   North Dakota;   Ohio;   Oklahoma;   Oregon;   Pennsylvania;   Rhode Island;   South Carolina;   South Dakota;   Tennessee;   Texas;   Utah;   Vermont;   Virginia;   Washington, DC;   Washington;   West Virginia;   Wisconsin;   Wyoming

Array ( [0] => American Samoa (USA); [1] => Guam (USA); [2] => Puerto Rico (USA); [3] => Virgin Islands (USA); [4] => Northern Mariana Islands (USA); )

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)

Canada: Alberta;   British Columbia;   Manitoba;   New Brunswick;   Newfoundland and Labrador;   Northwest Territories;   Nova Scotia;   Nunavut;   Ontario;   Prince Edward Island;   Quebec;   Saskatchewan;   Yukon;


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