Empowering youth to connect, create, and communicate for our blue planet

2022 Ocean Awareness

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. How can you talk about climate change in a fresh way? How can you capture attention without sacrificing your message?

10th Anniversary Timeline

2021 marks our 10th annual Ocean Awareness Contest and 10 years of inspiring young ocean caretakers through creative expression. Check out our new interactive timeline to learn more about our program history and exciting milestones!
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10 Student Stories to Celebrate 10 Years: Kai Kubota-Enright

September 15, 2021

In celebration of 10 years of Bow Seat’s Ocean Awareness Contest, we are showcasing some of the young artists who...

From the Bow Seat – the 2022 Ocean Awareness Contest...

September 10, 2021

Everyday Grit: Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs is holding its 11th annual youth art contest. Thousands of 11 to 18-year-olds...

Ocean-Loving Bow Seat Alums: Join the 2022 Future Blue Youth...

September 8, 2021

As we near the end of an amazing inaugural year with our 2021 cohort, we are excited to open applications...


Boston Sea Rovers 2021
Danvers, MA
On View
Bow Seat at the Huntsman Marine Science Center
St. Andrews, Canada
On View
Art Exhibit at New Bedford Whaling Museum
New Bedford, MA
Mitchell Comiskey
Science Teacher, Forest Glen Middle School

“Living in coastal Southeast Florida, we see firsthand the consequences of climate change and marine pollution on our delicate coral reef ecosystem. The Ocean Awareness Contest gives my students a creative and artistic outlet to not only express their frustrations with these issues but also hope for the future and possible solutions. For that, I am grateful!”