The Learning Centers and Coastal America are collaborating to determine criteria describing the art contest and its theme. The theme is to communicate the vision of our Nation's Ocean Policy (NOP), through one of the seven principles of ocean literacy:
These principles promote an understanding of the importance and value of the ocean to everyone, regardless of where they live. When you understand these principles and can communicate about the ocean in a meaningful way-and that includes art-you can help others recognize the ocean's influence on them and their influence on the ocean. By illustrating any of these seven principles you can help share the vision of the United States National Ocean Policy, "An America whose stewardship ensures that the ocean, our coasts, and the Great Lakes are healthy and resilient, safe and productive, and understood and treasured so as to promote the well being, prosperity, and security of present and future generations." That's a goal that all nations can share.
These principles are aligned with curricula standards, giving educators flexibility to integrate this concept and subject matter into existing lesson plans. Providing entrants with sufficient background material and then allowing them to delve deeper in the subject by creating art work to reflect what they have learned will give them a deeper understanding of the ocean. This understanding is crucial if we are to create an environmentally aware citizenry.
Art must be two dimensional, hand-drawn and be 12x16"no exceptions. Acceptable media are paint, pencil, markers, ink, crayon, chalk, cloth and collage.
Photography must have been take in in the past year. If a subject (in this case a person) is recognizable, please submit an additional form stating that the subject has agreed to allow their likeness to be used along with their signature. We accept entries in JPEG file format at a resolution of no less than 300dpi. Files must be two megabytes at a minimum. Photo entries must be 8x10 inches.
Entries must be done in a manner that will allow for duplication, display or framing.
The contest is open to everyone in the United States, Mexico and Canada enrolled in grades K-12 as well as full-time university and college students.The Art category is open to all age groups while the Photography category is open for age groups 3,4 and 5.
Group 1: Grades K-2
Group 2: Grades 3-5
Group 3: Grades 6-8
Group 4: Grades 9-12
Group 5: Adults
Each winner’s submission must reflect one of the Seven Essential Principles of Ocean Literacy:
1. Earth has one big ocean with many features.
2. The ocean and life in the ocean shape the features of Earth.
3. The ocean is a major influence on weather and climate.
4. The ocean makes Earth habitable.
5. The ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystems.
6. The ocean and humans are inextricably linked.
7. The ocean is largely unexplored.
Artwork will illustrate at least one of these major concepts recognizing that we use science to inform decisions, we work together to manage, protect and restore ecosystems, we prepare for and adapt to the effects of climate change, we observe, measure, monitor and map changes in climate, coastal and ocean resources, ocean chemistry and conditions in the Arctic, and we use good practices on land to reduce impacts on the quality of our coastal and ocean waters.
Coastal America retains all rights to original and digital copies of art work sent to Washington, DC to be judged in the overall competition, including but not limited to reproduction, exhibit by Coastal America and its CWRP partners and other governmental and non-government institutions, size modification for display, digital submission to the media, use in promotional materials, and posting on the Internet or use in traditional publications.