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Art gallery: Browse award-winning student artwork inspired by the ocean

NOAA offers several art contests that engage creative minds in Earth science. In honor of Youth Art Monthoffsite link, here is a gallery that showcases marine species and conservation issues through the eyes of student artists. Feeling inspired? Consider submitting your own creations.

Marine Endangered Species Art Contest

NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Region encourages artists in kindergarten through 12th grade to celebrate marine endangered species. While the contest focuses on species native to New England and the Mid-Atlantic, students anywhere are welcome to participate. Winning artwork goes on display in Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office in Gloucester, Massachusetts, and is featured in a calendar. In honor of the International Year of the Salmon in 2019, the contest has a special category for salmon-inspired artwork. Submissions are due Friday, April 12, 2019.

Marley X., Grade 12. Marine Endangered Species Art Contest 2016.
Marley X., Grade 12. Marine Endangered Species Art Contest 2016.
Cambria B., Grade 4. Marine Endangered Species Art Contest 2018.
Cambria B., Grade 4. Marine Endangered Species Art Contest 2018.
Sophia C., Grade 11. Marine Endangered Species Art Contest 2016.
Sophia C., Grade 11. Marine Endangered Species Art Contest 2016.
Gabrielle W., Grade 7. Marine Endangered Species Art Contest 2017.
Gabrielle W., Grade 7. Marine Endangered Species Art Contest 2017.
Rowan M., Grade 1. Marine Endangered Species Art Contest 2018.
Rowan M., Grade 1. Marine Endangered Species Art Contest 2018.
Serena J., Grade 6. Marine Endangered Species Art Contest 2018.
Serena J., Grade 6. Marine Endangered Species Art Contest 2018.

Keep the Sea Free of Debris

NOAA's Marine Debris Program holds this annual art contest to reach kindergarten through eighth-grade students and help raise awareness about marine debris. The winning submissions are featured in a calendar to remind us all that we can be responsible stewards of the ocean every day. The winners for the 2020 calendar will be announced in spring 2019. Submissions for the 2021 calendar are due November 30, 2019.

Yufei F., Grade 5. NOAA Marine Debris Program Art Contest 2018.
Yufei F., Grade 5. NOAA Marine Debris Program Art Contest 2018.
James S., Grade 7. NOAA Marine Debris Program Art Contest 2017.
James S., Grade 7. NOAA Marine Debris Program Art Contest 2017.
Halie C., Grade 6. NOAA Marine Debris Program Art Contest 2015.
Halie C., Grade 6. NOAA Marine Debris Program Art Contest 2015.
John K., Grade 7. NOAA Marine Debris Program Art Contest 2018.
John K., Grade 7. NOAA Marine Debris Program Art Contest 2018.
Danah L., Grade 5. NOAA Marine Debris Program Art Contest 2016.
Danah L., Grade 5. NOAA Marine Debris Program Art Contest 2016.

Marine Art Contest

The Massachusetts Marine Educatorsoffsite link and Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary jointly sponsor this art contest. The theme for 2019 is “Revealing the biological diversity of Stellwagen Bank National Marine Sanctuary.” Students are encouraged to submit artwork featuring invertebrates, fishes, birds, and marine mammals using a variety of media, including computer graphics. Submissions are due April 26, 2019; see the rules and entry formoffsite link.

"Red-Gilled Nudibranch" by Lillian H., Grade 9. Marine Art Contest 2018.
"Red-Gilled Nudibranch" by Lillian H., Grade 9. Marine Art Contest 2018.
"Harbor Seals" by Donna X., Grade 5. Marine Art Contest 2018.
"Harbor Seals" by Donna X., Grade 5. Marine Art Contest 2018.
"Striped Bass" by Gabrielle G., Grade 10. Marine Art Contest 2018.
"Striped Bass" by Gabrielle G., Grade 10. Marine Art Contest 2018.
"Naked Sea Butterflies" by Amy W., Grade 9. Marine Art Contest 2018.
"Naked Sea Butterflies" by Amy W., Grade 9. Marine Art Contest 2018.
"Common Loon" by Michela G., Grade 8. Marine Art Contest 2018.
"Common Loon" by Michela G., Grade 8. Marine Art Contest 2018.
"Comb Jellies" by Jasmine W., Grade 4. Marine Art Contest 2018.
"Comb Jellies" by Jasmine W., Grade 4. Marine Art Contest 2018.

Washed Up: A Marine Debris Art Contestoffsite link

In this new contest, Florida Sea Grantoffsite link invites artists of all ages to create pieces that are not only inspired by marine debris, but composed of it! Artists will collect human-made marine debris from beaches and shorelines and transform it into sculptures, mosaics, or other pieces. Photographs of the winning designs will be displayed at the Saint Augustine Amphitheater in Florida. Submissions are due March 27, 2019.

March 12, 2019