30 Dec 2015

Internet Only 2016 Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Contest

Bow Seat Ocean Awareness ProgramsInternet

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Opportunity Description

International Deadline: June 13, 2016 – Attention middle and high school teachers! We invite students from around the world to enter the 2016 Ocean Awareness Student Contest! The theme is Making Meaning out of Ocean Pollution, and it challenges students to research, explore, interpret, and say something meaningful about the connections between human activities and the health of our oceans.

Making Meaning is rooted in our belief that when you are asked to create something yourself, rather than just memorize facts and spit them back out, not only does learning become fun but it also becomes permanent.

We define Ocean Pollution as human-created physical, chemical, or biological waste that is released into rivers, lakes, or the ocean that causes harm to the ocean environment. There are many significant ways that human actions and waste negatively impact the environment, including:

• marine debris/plastic pollution
• oil spills
• nuclear waste
• sewage and runoff
• acidification
• invasive species
• sound pollution

This year, we challenge you to focus on ONE type of ocean pollution and “make meaning” of it through art, poetry, prose, or film. We would encourage you to connect it with your own life, your own local community, or something else that is personally meaningful to you, but what’s most important is to pick a topic that inspires and motivates you.

This is an interdisciplinary contest that weaves together ocean awareness, creativity, and advocacy. Advocacy means taking a stand for something you believe in. It requires problem-solving skills, assertiveness, and most of all, knowing when to call the world to action.

While learning from science, history, and personal experience will inform your entry, there is no “right” way to do meaningful advocacy. Use your creativity to make art, poetry, prose, or films that inspire and empower a new generation of ocean stewardship!

Contest entries are due by Monday, June 13th, 2016 at 11:59pm Eastern

1. Research. Look deeper into the ocean pollution issues that interest you, ask questions, think about the way science and society helps you interpret the theme, and start building a case for protecting the ocean.

2. Create. Interpret what you’ve learned and create your own work of art, writing, poetry, or film that communicates the issue and advocates for ocean stewardship. Make sure you’ve met all the requirements for your category (see ‘Categories’).

3. Submit. To enter the contest, submit both your work and reflection using the submission upload form on our website at www.fromthebowseat.org. Entries are due by Monday June 13, 2015, at 11:59pm EST.

Age: Middle School (6th – 8th grade, or International or Homeschool Equivalent) or High School (9th – 12th grade, or International or Homeschool Equivalent)

Categories: Art, Poetry, Prose or Film
You can submit as an: Individual (meaning that you are the sole creator of your submission) or a Group (groups can be of unlimited size, but we have to have the names of each group member. There will be 1 group leader who will be the contact person for the group, and prizes will be awarded to the group as a whole).

Prizes will be awarded in each of the four categories in both the Middle and High School divisions.

High School
Gold Awards $1,500
Gold Award Winner’s School $1,500
Silver Awards $1,000
Bronze Awards $500
Honorable Mention Awards $250
Sponsor Recognition Awards $750

Middle School
Gold Awards $1,500
Gold Award Winner’s School $1,000
Silver Awards $750
Bronze Awards $250
Honorable Mention Awards $100
Sponsor Recognition Awards $750

Additional Prizes Available in 2016 over the course of the contest, other prizes may become available such as random drawings for scholarships, ability to display pieces in public spaces such as museums or aquariums. Additional prizes will be listed here as they become available, but the winners of these prizes will be chosen and announced at the same time as the category prizes.

Visit the 2016 Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Student Contest website or complete details and to Apply.

* displayed image/artwork is by Kristy Lee, 2015 Contest Participant.

Opp Categories: + Open to Multi-Media. Opp Types: Internet Only. Opp Tags: $0 Entry/Application Fee, Deadlines 05 May thru June, and Open to Artists Worldwide. Income: *No Application Fee and Cash or Value Awards.

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