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2024 K-12 Student Art Contest

Navigating the Future of Safety and Sustainability

Thank you for your interest in the Navigating the Future of Safety and Sustainability 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 (OAS-CIP). 

We welcome students enrolled in grades K-12 living in the Americas (North America, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean) to submit an original poster. Students living outside the Americas are also welcomed to apply, provided they have one or more parents on active duty with the U.S. Coast Guard.  Submissions are accepted from January 8, 2024 - May 3, 2024, at 11:59 PM EDT.

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

Students are asked to submit an original poster that creatively depicts the relationship between maritime safety, technology innovation, and environmental sustainability in the context of preserving the marine environment.  The theme reflects the International Maritime Organization’s (IMO) 2024 World Maritime Day Theme “Navigating the Future: Safety First!" Students are asked to submit an original artwork that addresses one or more of the topics below:  

  • Safety in Innovation: Illustrate the integration of safety measures with cutting-edge maritime technologies. How can the industry navigate towards the future while prioritizing safety?

  • Environmental Stewardship: Showcase the connection between maritime safety and environmental sustainability. How can the maritime industry contribute to the preservation of marine ecosystems and address climate change concerns?

  • Historical Reflection: Given the 50th anniversary of the 1974 SOLAS Convention (Safety of Life at Sea), consider incorporating historical elements into your artwork. This could include depictions of maritime safety milestones or the evolution of safety regulations and standards.

  • Global Collaboration: Highlight the international collaboration involved in ensuring maritime safety. Showcase the diverse roles and responsibilities of nations working together to create a safer and more sustainable maritime future.

  • UN Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs): Integrate symbols or representations of relevant SDGs, such as clean energy (SDG 7), economic growth (SDG 8), resilient infrastructure (SDG 9), climate action (SDG 13), and ocean conservation (SDG 14) into your artwork to emphasize the broader global context.

  • Inclusive Representation: Reflect on the diversity of the maritime community, including seafarers, engineers, scientists, and policymakers, working collaboratively towards a safer and more sustainable future.

Students are asked to submit their original poster by May 3, 2024.

Twelve entries (six from grades K–5 and six from grades 6–12) will be selected as finalists based on the following criteria:

  • Interpretation and clarity of the theme
  • Creativity and originality
  • Quality of artistic composition
  • Overall impression of the artwork

The winning artwork will be featured on NAMEPA, USCG, and OAS-CIP 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. 

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 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 

  • 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 July 01, 2024.  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. 

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 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 

  • 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 July 01, 2024.  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. 

Congratulations to all finalists of the 
2023 K-12 Student Art Contest
"MARPOL at 50- Preventing Marine Pollution”

Submissions are closed for 2023!

Thank you to our 2023 Calendar Sponsors

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 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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