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K-12 Student Art Contest
"Seafarers: at the core of shipping’s future

Open for Submissions! 

Thank you for your interest in the “Seafarers: at the core of shipping’s future!” 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 welcome 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 are welcome to apply, provided they have one or more parents on active duty with the U. S. Coast Guard.  Submissions will be accepted from January 11, 2020 - March 31, 2021 at 11:59 p.m.

En Español:  (www.namepa.net/concurso-de-arte)

Students are asked to submit an original poster that creatively depicts the vital role seafarers play in global shipping.  The theme reflects the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) 2021World Maritime Day Theme. Students should submit 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% of the items people use every day like clothes, cars, furniture, toothbrushes, phones and computers. In essence, global trade relies on shipping. And shipping relies on seafarers. 

The global pandemic has brought into focus the important role seafarers place in the maritime industry.  Many seafarers have been facing extended time at sea due to restrictions put in place by the pandemic – some going months without seeing family.  As we enter 2021 the focus on the well-being of seafarers’ health and safety is forefront in the safe delivery of the world’s goods and energy. 

Can you think of ways to depict seafarers as the heart of the maritime industry?  Students are asked to submit an original poster, by March 31, 2021, depicting creative ideas about the vital role seafarers play in global shipping.   

Twelve finalists will receive a certificate and a calendar with the artwork from each finalist.  Two grand-prize winning artists will also receive a $100 cash prize and a U.S. Coast Guard prize package. There will be six finalists and one grand prize winner from each of the K-5 and 6-12 categories.

THE SUBMISSION DEADLINE IS MARCH 31, 2021, WINNERS WILL BE ANNOUNCED BY MAY 17, 2021. Full rules are posted below.

To enter go to:  https://namepa.submittable.com/submit/157207

 About the contest:

 Each year, 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) invite students in grades K-12 throughout the Americas to create a poster on a theme identified by the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) World Maritime Day and related to the marine environment.  A  bilingual calendar showcasing the winning entries is printed and available upon request!

 This year, students were asked to submit an original poster that creatively depicts sustainable actions the shipping industry undertakes to make the future better for people and the marine environment, or how shipping can be even more green for the sustainable future of our planet. The theme reflects the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) 2020 World Maritime Day Theme.

This contest is OPEN until March 31, 2021. Good luck!

RULES:

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 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: https://namepa.submittable.com/submit/157207

  • Only one entry per student is allowed.
  • Submissions must be made via a submittable.com 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 submittable.com 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 submittable.com account holder.  The twelve finalists will be selected and notified by May 17, 2021.  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 contesthelp@namepa.net.

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.

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 www.namepa.net.

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 www.uscg.mil.

CIP-OAS

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 http://portalcip.org/.

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