Climate change is the biggest issue of your lifetime. Your whole life will be lived as the impacts of global climate change are taking place.

Bow Seat’s Contest is a call for young artists, thinkers, and activists who are concerned about the future of our human and natural communities to use their creative voices to explore, express, and advocate for issues related to climate change and our oceans.

2019 Theme: Presence of Future

Create a piece about a coastal/marine species, place, or system that will be threatened, altered, or lost due to climate change.

You may use: visual art, poetry, prose, film, or music.


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

  • Junior Division
    • Gold Award: $1,000
    • Silver Award: $750
    • Bronze Award: $250
    • Honorable Mention: $100
  • Senior Division
    • Gold Award: $1,500
    • Silver Award: $1,000
    • Bronze Award: $500
    • Honorable Mention: $250

Additional Awards Available in 2019:

  • Hometown Award (Boston students only)
    • This award recognizes students in Boston, Massachusetts, who may not have equal access to quality arts programs in their school or community. These merit-based awards will take students’ financial conditions into account. Up to 3 winners in each age division will each receive a $250 cash scholarship.
  • ARTivism Prize Pack (Hawaii students only)
    • Like Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs, PangeaSeed Foundation (PSF) is dedicated to leveraging the power of art to create positive change for our oceans across the globe. As part of their ARTivism efforts, PSF has been releasing limited edition art prints highlighting threatened marine animals and habitats since 2012. The PSF x Bow Seat contest prize pack will include a special selection of limited edition prints and other ARTivism swag.
      Publishing, Art Exhibitions, and Special Opportunities

As a winner, you may have a special opportunity to showcase your talents worldwide while raising awareness of ocean issues to a broader community. Bow Seat organizes art exhibitions, pop up art shows, and film screenings; curates anthologies of art and poetry; and finds opportunities to publish student writing. As part of Bow Seat’s student collection, your creative piece will help to educate and inspire audiences to take action!


Students from around the world are invited to participate in the Ocean Awareness Contest.

Enter the division based on your age at the time of entry:

  • Junior Division: Age 11-14
  • Senior Division: Age 15-18

All students must also provide the contact information for an adult sponsor (teacher, parent, mentor, etc.). Students may participate as individuals or a group of any size.

Eligible Regions: Open for all

Application Process

Apply online through the given link.

Application Deadline: June 17, 2019

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