Maritime Art Contest for K-12 Students

Students in grades K–12 are invited to participate in the annual calendar art contest sponsored by the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), the United States Coast Guard (USCG), and the Inter-American Committee on Ports of the Organization of American States (CIP-OAS). The theme of this year’s contest aligns with that of IMO’s World Maritime Day, “Better Shipping for a Better Future.”  Submissions will be accepted from youth across the Americas (North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean).  (En Español:

Maritime shipping has existed for thousands of years- ever since the earliest humans took to the water to find food, building supplies, and adventure.  Throughout its history, shipping has evolved into the most environmentally friendly and safest way to transport goods around the world.  Today, the maritime shipping industry transports about 90% of the items people use every day like clothes, cars, furniture, toothbrushes, and computers.  Students are asked to submit an original poster, by March 30, 2018, depicting creative ideas about how shipping makes the future better for people and the marine environment, or how shipping can be even more green. 

For complete “Better Shipping for a Better Future” art contest guidelines, submission instructions, prize details, and more information about the maritime shipping industry, visit If you have additional questions about the contest, please contact

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