The global Ocean Awareness Contest is a call for young artists, conservationists, makers, thinkers, and activists who are concerned about the future of our blue planet. Join students around the world in our annual program that raises awareness about the climate crisis, uplifts youth voices for ocean conservation, and inspires hope and action through art, creative media, and storytelling.
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.Our Story
Our student gallery showcases visual art, poetry, essays, music, and short films from past Ocean Awareness Contest winners. Read, watch, admire, and share!View Gallery
Zero Waste for Our Blue Planet
October 16, 2019
Human health depends on the health of our oceans, and the health of our ocean ecosystems depends on the choices...
New Lesson Plans: Integrating Arts and Climate Change in the...
September 26, 2019
When teaching about the climate crisis, the stakes could not be higher—not only do we want students to learn scientific...
Bow Seat Announces First Class of Educator Innovation Award Winners
September 24, 2019
This year, Bow Seat launched our first-ever Educator Innovation Awards to recognize teachers and youth program coordinators who successfully incorporated...
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.”