‘Keep the Sea Free of Debris’ art contest deadline June 1


The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration’s (NOAA) Marine Debris Program would like to know how marine debris impacts you and what you are doing about it.

The winning artwork will be showcased in a 2011 planner that will help in raising awareness about the global problem of marine debris.

Additionally, the winners will be featured on the Program’s website and in their newsletter, reaching over 200,000 people each month!

About the NOAA Marine Debris Program – Established in 2005, the NOAA Marine Debris Program supports national and international efforts to research, prevent, and reduce the impacts of marine debris. The Program’s goal is to protect and conserve our nation’s natural resources, oceans, and coastal waterways from the impacts of marine debris.

Eligibility – All students in grades K-4 and 5-8 from all U.S. states and territories–recognized public, private, and home schools are eligible to participate. Schools, including home schools, must be in compliance with federal and state civil rights and nondiscrimination statutes. Students must work individually.

Criteria for Art & Description – Each entry must be composed of a piece of artwork and a description (on entry form). All must meet the requirements below. Students are highly encouraged to check out the rest of the NOAA Marine Debris Program website for information about marine debris.


* The entries must be on 8.5” x 11” paper.
* Use white, non-glossy paper; do not laminate.
* Any art medium may be used (e.g., colored pencils, crayons, paint); however computer graphics will not be accepted. Artwork must be hand-drawn by the student.
* Artwork must be flat (e.g., no glued pieces) and able to be scanned.
* A description of no more than 50 words must accompany the artwork (space provided on the entry form).
* Teachers may send in as many entries as they would like to; however selective screening would be greatly appreciated.
* Label each entry (artwork) on the back with student’s name, age and grade, along with the teacher’s name, school name, address, and telephone number.

Entry Form – There should be one entry form filled out per student. Please ensure that the entry form is filled out completely and legibly. All entries (entry form + artwork) must be submitted via mail (postmarked) no later than Tuesday, June 1, 2010. Entries will not be returned.

Competition Process – A NOAA awards panel will collect all entries and select six from each grade category (K-4 and 5-8) and one overall winner. Entries (artwork and description) will be judged on the creativity, artistic presentation, and relevancy to the theme.

Time Frame
June 1, 2010 – Deadline for postmark of completed entry form + artwork.
July 1, 2010 – Winners will be notified.

Entries (entry form + artwork) should be mailed to:
Art Contest
ATTN: Megan Forbes
NOAA Marine Debris Program
1305 East-West Highway
SSMC4, 10th Floor
Silver Spring, MD 20910

If you have any questions, contact Carey Morishige at Carey.Morishige@noaa.gov or (808) 397-2651 x256.

One Response to “‘Keep the Sea Free of Debris’ art contest deadline June 1”

  1. This is a wonderful way to get kids involved in keeping our earth clean! Next time, can you have an art contest for us adults too? :) lol… some of us still draw & would love to support you in this cause!!!


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