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.
Our Story
Climate Education Award for Massachusetts Teachers

February 18, 2020

Since 2012, Bow Seat has encouraged students around the world to use the creative arts to explore how human activities...

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...


Art Exhibit at New Bedford Whaling Museum
New Bedford, MA
Virtual Event with EarthEcho International
High School Marine Science Symposium
Boston, 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!”