2021 Winners

Water Rising

Message from Founder and President Linda Cabot
This year, Bow Seat’s 10th anniversary Contest theme centered on water and its connection to climate change, health, justice, and culture. In their creative works, students addressed issues like access to safe water, drought and flooding, displacement, and food insecurity. They learned about the health and economic impacts of our increasingly polluted and overfished oceans and waterways. Many of our students beautifully demonstrated empathy and compassion towards our natural world and each other—crucial drivers of the environmental movement—by rendering their love for the Earth and its inhabitants in potent and dynamic artistic expression. Congratulations to all!
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Special Recognition


We All Rise Prize

The We All Rise Prize recognizes students in the U.S. who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or Latine and whose entries demonstrate notable artistic achievement in their chosen category.

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Voice of the Sea Award

In partnership with poet, spoken word artist, and activist Tayllor Johnson, the Voice of the Sea Award recognizes an outstanding Spoken Word submission.

View “Water – The Monster of Our Own Making” by Alexandria Douglas (Trinidad and Tobago)

View “Bucket” by Hannah Choi and Hannah You (Maryland)


Brian Skerry's Ocean Soul Award

Selected by National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry, the Ocean Soul Award recognizes a visual art submission in each age division whose work captures the “soul” of the ocean.

View “Water’s Hierarchy” by Rachel Koo (California)

View “Mother Nature’s Embrace” by Yoon Jung Na (Korea)