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2022 K-12 Student Art Contest
"New Technologies for Greener Shipping”

Winners Announced!

Thank you for your interest in the “New Technologies for Greener Shipping” 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 the American States (CIP-OAS).  We welcomed submissions from students enrolled in grades K-12 living in the Americas (North America, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean).  Students living outside the Americas were welcome to apply, provided they have one or more parents on active duty with the U. S. Coast Guard.  Submissions were accepted from January 12, 2022 - April 30, 2022 at 11:59 p.m.  

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Students were asked to submit an original poster that creatively depicts the importance of developing new technologies to support a green transition of the maritime sector into a sustainable future, while leaving no one behind.  The theme reflects the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) 2021 World Maritime Day Theme. Students submitted an original artwork that based on the contest theme description below: 

Maritime shipping has existed for thousands of years - ever since the earliest humans took to the water to find food, building supplies, exchange goods 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 percent of the items people use every day like clothes, cars, furniture, toothbrushes, phones and computers. In essence, global trade relies on shipping, therefore now more than ever before it is important the transition to new technologies in shipping for a more sustainable future.  It is important to support and showcase maritime innovation, research, development, demonstration and deployment of new technologies.  

Can you think of ways to depict innovative, new technologies for greener shipping in the maritime industry? Students are asked to submit an original poster, by April 30, 2022, depicting creative ideas about the possibilities for new technology leading to a sustainable future for shipping and our global society.  


Twelve entries (six from grades K–5 and six from grades 6–12) were selected as finalists.

The winning artwork will be featured on NAMEPA, USCG, and CIP-OAS websites. Finalists will receive a certificate and a calendar with the artwork from all 12 winners. Two grand-prize winning artists (one from each of the grade brackets) will receive, in addition to the certificate and calendar, a $100 cash prize and a USCG prize package.


Full rules are posted below. 


Artwork Specifications 

  • Each entry must be a two-dimensional, original piece of artwork done on white poster board or heavy white drawing paper with dimensions of 24” x 18” or 32” x 24” (61 cm x 46 cm or 81 cm x 61 cm) in the landscape orientation. Drawings that do not meet these size and orientation specifications will be ineligible for competition. 
  • Any art medium may be used; however, computer graphics or pencil will not be accepted. 
  • Artwork must be flat with no glued pieces. 
  • Bright colors should be used because they are best for reprinting. 
  • A slogan or title may be written on the artwork; however, the student's name or school may not appear on the front or back of the drawing. 
  • Artwork must be completely done by the student, including any written text. 
  • Any artwork that includes copyrighted or trademarked product names will be disqualified. 
  • You must take a high-resolution (at least 3072 x 2304 pixels) digital photograph of your poster in order to submit your entry. 


How to Submit Artwork - To enter, go to: NAMEPA Art Contest

  • Only one entry per student is allowed. 
  • Submissions must be made via a account. 
  • Click the ‘Submit’ button to log in or establish an account and submit an entry. 
  • Parents, legal guardians, and teachers/facilitators are allowed to submit entries for multiple students using the same account. 
  • The following information will be needed for each entry: 
  • Title of artwork such as “Healthy Oceans, Happy Fish” 
  • Student’s first & last name, grade, and school/after-school program 
  • School/after-school complete mailing address including city, state, country, and postal code 
  • Teacher’s/after-school facilitator’s name, phone number, and email 
  • Upload the digital photo of the artwork 
  • Submit your entry and keep copy of original. 

Next Steps 

Once the entry is submitted, a confirmation email will be sent to the account holder.  The twelve finalists will be selected and notified by May 13, 2022.  The finalists will be required to submit their original artwork via mail upon being notified as a finalist.  Do not misplace your art! For contest help, please contact 

Use of Submissions 

NAMEPA, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Inter-American Committee on Ports of the Organization of American States retain the right to use the winning posters, always making reference to the name of the holder, to project and promote their institutional objectives in any way deemed appropriate in the future (exhibitions, production of commemorative booklets or calendars, creation of CDs, projections on websites, etc.). Participants in this poster competition explicitly accept this condition and provide the “Partners” the right to use their posters. 

Thank you to our 2022 Sponsors!

For more information on the diverse opportunities within the maritime industry, check out these links:

NAMEPA's Marine Industry Learning Guide

The Maritime Industry Knowledge Center

International Chamber of Shipping

NAMEPA Press release announcing winners


About Us:

North American Marine Environment Protection Association

The North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) is a marine industry-led organization of environmental stewards preserving the marine environment by promoting sustainable marine industry best practices and educating seafarers, students and the public about the need and strategies for protecting global ocean, lake and river resources. For more information visit

United States Coast Guard

The U.S. Coast Guard is one of the five armed forces of the United States and the only military organization within the Department of Homeland Security. Since 1790 the Coast Guard has safeguarded our maritime and environmental interests around the world. The Coast Guard is an adaptable, responsive military force of maritime professionals whose broad legal authorities, capable assets, geographic diversity and expansive partnerships provide a persistent presence along our rivers, in the ports, littoral regions and on the high seas. Coast Guard presence and impact is local, regional, national and international. These attributes make the Coast Guard a unique instrument of maritime safety, security and environmental stewardship.  For more information, visit


The Inter-American Committee on Ports (CIP) of the Organization of American States (OAS) brings together the National Port Authorities of all 35 sovereign nations of the Americas and facilitates the development of competitive, sustainable, secure, and inclusive ports in the Hemisphere by actively facilitating cooperation between the highest governmental level and the private sector. CIP collaborates with its nearly 100 members, associate members and strategic partners to promote the protection of the marine environment and sustainable port management practices, competitive logistics, protection and security, tourism and services to ships, legislation and regulation, and social responsibility and gender equality. For more information, visit

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