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
i. the girl with sea foam fingers writes letters on napkins left on beaches like loose change, words stumbling down staircases of five-seven-five haikus — i want an ocean, the...never forget
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
Bow Seat Joins the Global Climate Strike
September 18, 2019
by Alyssa Irizarry, Senior Vice President On Friday, September 20th, millions of young people and adult allies around the world...
Bow Seat Launches the 2020 Ocean Awareness Contest, an International...
September 17, 2019
Competition Provides Students with Opportunity to Join the Global Youth Movement Shining a Spotlight on the Climate Crisis ...
Alumna Attends Student Conference for Marine Education
August 21, 2019
As part of our commitment to empowering young, creative ocean leaders, we offered a sponsorship opportunity for Bow Seat alumni...
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.”