If you are a teenager, sign up for the 2021 Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Contest for a chance to win up to $1,500 in prizes.

Themed Water Rising, and with no limitations on nationality, gender, and the like, the challenge is a creative challenge for teenagers worldwide.

Join Bow Seat’s global community of young people who care about the ocean, environmental justice, and climate action. 

Application Deadline: June 14, 2021.


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Winners will receive cash awards of up to $1,500 in the 2021 Ocean Awareness Contest Awards in each of the categories at both the Junior and Senior Division levels:

  • Gold Award
    • $1,000
    • $1,500
  • Silver Award
    • $750
    • $1,000
  • Bronze Award
    • $250
    • $500
  • Honorable Mention
    • $50
    • $100

In addition to the prizes, You should participate because you get to:

  • Gain knowledge about water’s importance to all life on Earth. 
  • Grow your skills in communication, critical thinking, creativity, and environmental advocacy. 
  • Use your artwork to raise awareness for critical issues impacting our planet.
  • Build your portfolio and make art in your preferred medium, or practice a new one.
  • Add to your resume with a participation certificate.
  • Exhibit your talents worldwide. Through art exhibitions, publications, social media campaigns, and scholarships, Bow Seat uplifts diverse youth voices to advance dialogue and participation in ocean conservation and advocacy.
  • Be eligible for special opportunities, like the Future Blue Youth Council, a diverse group of young people working together to advance Bow Seat’s mission and to empower fellow peers to advocate for the environment.


The contest is open to Students aged 11-18 from around the world. Enter the division based on your age at the time of entry:

  • Junior Division: Age 11-14
  • Senior Division: Age 15-18
  • Students can participate as an individual or as a club, class, or group of any size.


  • Teachers & Adult Sponsors can make submissions on behalf of their class or multiple student participants. 

Make one account using your email address, and start a new submission for each individual student (unless they are participating as a group).

  • Gain access to and dive into Bow Seat’s Resource Studio to 
    • learn more about water and its connection to climate change, health, justice, and culture; 
    • find artists and organizations taking action to protect our blue planet; and 
    • discover ways that you can get involved in conserving our planet’s most vital resource.

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Application Instructions

  • Admissions are accepted in:
    • Visual Art
    • Creative Writing
    • Film
    • Interactive & Multimedia
    • Performing Arts: Music & Dance
    • Poetry & Spoken Word
  • All students must provide the contact information for an Adult Sponsor (teacher, parent, mentor, etc.).
  • Click here to read answers on FAQs.
  • Click here to start your submission.

Your submission(s) should respond to one of the following prompts:

PROMPT 1: Global warming affects the water cycle, fueling extreme weather events, such as hurricanes and droughts. Warming seas are also contributing to sea level rise around the world. Whether too much or too little, water is the primary way we will feel the effects of climate change. How do you feel the effects of climate change where you live? How will this change within your lifetime?

PROMPT 2: We are all interconnected through water. What does it mean to be up- or downstream from one another? Where does your water come from, and what is the journey it takes to get to you?

PROMPT 3: Though water is a basic human right, more than 1 billion people do not have access to clean and safe water worldwide. Access to clean water is increasingly threatened by pollution, privatization, and climate change, but these threats do not impact us all equally. Water contamination and environmental injustice overwhelmingly affect Indigenous communities, people of color, and the poor. How is water a lens through which we can understand and fight for justice? Consider water as a mirror of our society—it reflects back to us who we are. What do you see in the mirror?

PROMPT 4: Clean water is not only necessary to sustain human communities, but all life on Earth. There are many movements rising up to protect water and all those who depend on it. Who has historically led these movements? Who (and what–for example, policies) are our water protectors?

PROMPT 5: Think about the role that water plays in your life, and how that ripples out to connections in your community, society, and the world. What memories do you have of water? What is your water story?

About the Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Contest

The annual Ocean Awareness Contest is a platform for young people to learn about environmental issues through art-making and creative communication, explore their relationship to a changing world, and become advocates for positive change. 

The 10th edition of the program is centered around the ocean that makes life on Earth possible.

The 2021 Ocean Awareness Contest theme WATER RISING challenges students to explore and understand their connection to water, and to creatively communicate the need to protect this vital resource and life-sustaining relationship.

Key Dates and Order of Program

All submissions must be made by June 14, 2021, at 11:59 PM Eastern Time (ET). 

The submission platform will close automatically by the Contest deadline. 

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