Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Student Contest, 2018

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The Ocean Awareness Student Contest is open to students aged 11-18 worldwide. Your work should explore the relationship between human systems, climate change, and our oceans. We challenge you to create a piece that not only presents issues and challenges, but also communicates a message that inspires others to act. We encourage you to connect your submission to your own life, your local community, or something else that motivates you.


Awards will be presented in each of the categories at both the Junior and Senior divisions:

  • Gold Award : $1,000 Junior & $ 1,500 for Senior
  • Silver Award:$750 for junior & $1,000 for senior
  • Bronze Award: $250 for junior & $500 for senior
  • Honorable Mention:$100 for junior & $250 for senior
  • Sponsor Recognition Awards: $750 for junior & $750 for senior

Additional Awards Available in 2018

Over the course of the Contest, other awards may become available and will be listed here. The winners of these awards will be chosen and announced at the same time as the category awards.

Competition Period

  • The 2018 Ocean Awareness Student Contest opens for submissions on September 18, 2017. All submissions must be received by Monday, June 18, 2018 at 11:59 PM Eastern Time (ET) to be considered in the 2018 Contest. The online platform will close automatically at the Contest deadline. Please plan accordingly!


  • This is an international Contest and is open to students in middle school or high school worldwide.
  • Students age 11-14 (before the deadline June 18, 2018) may enter the Junior Division. Students age 15-18 (before the deadline June 18, 2018) may enter the Senior Division.
  • Participants under the age of 13 must have a parent or legal guardian complete a Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act (COPPA) Parent/Guardian Contest Form and upload it as part of their submission.
  • Entries may be submitted by an individual or group of unlimited size. If you submit as a group, there must be one group leader who will serve as the contact person for the group. All of the names of the group members must be listed in the submission. Award money will be split among the group members.
  • Any student may submit (i.e., have their name included in) only one entry per category. Therefore, a student may have a maximum of five different submissions, one in each category.

How to Enter

  • There is no fee to enter the Contest.
  • Students must create an account and submit their work through our online system by the Contest deadline June 18, 2018. Bow Seat cannot accept submissions via email or physical mail.
  • Students must have an adult sponsor – usually a teacher. Homeschooled students may put down their homeschool teacher’s name.
  • Entries submitted previously to the Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Student Contest will not be considered in the 2018 Contest. Submissions must be created during the 2017-2018 academic year (between June 2017 and June 2018).
  • All entries must be the students’ original work. While we recognize that existing sources will be used for inspiration and research, Bow Seat reserves the right to disqualify an entry at any time if we suspect or determine plagiarism.


  • Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs reserves the right to use students’ work for marketing and promotional purposes in any and all media.
  • All winners and their sponsors will be notified by email before they are publicly announced on our website.
  • Bow Seat promises to run this contest fairly, ethically, and with integrity.
  • All judging decisions are final.


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