Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Contest 2024 (Win A Prize $1000)

The 13th annual of bow Seat  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. Students ages 11-18 from around the world are invited to participate.

Eligiblity Requirement

  • This is an international contest open to middle and high school students ages 11-18.
  • Students ages 11-18 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

Who Are Accepted

  • Visual Art: Handcrafted
  • Visual Art: Digital
  • Poetry & Spoken Word
  • Creative Writing
  • Film
  • Performing Arts: Music & Dance
  • Interactive & Multimedia

Ocean Awareness Contest Awards

Cash awards are presented to winners in all of the categories at both the Junior and Senior Division levels.

As part of Bow Seat’s long-term effort to increase the diversity of our program participants, we sponsor the We All Rise Prize, awards totaling $5,000 specifically for youth in the U.S. who self-identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or Latine.

Five $500 awards in both the Junior Division (ages 11-14) and Senior Division (ages 15-18)—a total of 10 awards—will be offered to students in the U.S. who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or Latine in the Ocean Awareness Contest, and whose entries demonstrate notable artistic achievement in their chosen category. Cash awards are not restricted and can be used for tuition, art supplies, or personal expenses. Select winning artwork will also be featured in promotional materials for the following year’s We All Rise Prize.


  • Gain knowledge
  • Grow your skills
  • Build your portfolio
  • Showcase your talents worldwide.
  • Join Bow Seat’s global community
  • Be eligible for special opportunities
  • Earn cash awards of up to $1,000

Application Deadline

The Contest deadline is June 10, 2024.

Interested Applicants Should Apply Now