Activating the next wave of ocean leaders through the arts, science, and advocacy 

Congratulations 2019 Winners!

The 2019 Ocean Awareness Contest invited students from around the world to create artwork about a coastal or marine species, place, or system impacted by climate change. View the powerful new collection of Visual Art, Film, Music, Poetry, and Prose exploring our intimate connection with oceans and marine life.

Creativity in Conservation

Our programs inspire ocean conservation through creative investigating and making. We believe art is a powerful way to explore issues impacting our oceans, connect more deeply with nature, and bring communities together to care for our blue planet.
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Step-by-Step Guide to Entering the Ocean Awareness Contest

January 16, 2020

Inspired by all of the amazing art, writing, films, and songs from the winners of the 2019 Ocean Awareness Contest?...

Photographer Brian Skerry Selects Winners of Ocean Soul Award

January 14, 2020

We were honored to welcome National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry as a special guest judge this year in the Ocean...

Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs Announces Student Winners of International...

January 7, 2020

More Than 280 Teens are Recognized for Creating Visual Art, Writing, Film, and Music That Recognize Species and Places Threatened...


Art Exhibit at New Bedford Whaling Museum
New Bedford, MA
High School Marine Science Symposium
Boston, MA
Art Exhibit at Boston Sea Rovers
Danvers, MA
Elizabeth Goodrich
Age 12, Maine

“After learning about litter, global warming, and invasive species last year, I realized that our ignorance has become a huge problem, and I knew I had to do something. I just didn’t know what. When my teacher told me about Bow Seat, I had my answer. It was a way for me to express my concern and send a message to people about ocean pollution in a creative way. We only have one Earth, and it is our job to take good care of it.”