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), Mystic Aquarium and the Inter-American Committee on Ports of the Organization of American States (CIP-OAS). The theme of this year’s contest mirrors that of IMO’s World Maritime Day, “Connecting Ships, Ports and People”. Submissions will be accepted from youth across the Americas (North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean).
About 90% of the items people use every day are transported by ships and unloaded at ports before reaching our homes, schools, and communities. The men and women employed on the ships and at the ports work very hard to ensure that shipping remains the most environmentally friendly and safest way to transport goods across the world. Students are asked to submit an original poster, by March 31, 2017, that creatively depicts the connections among ships, ports and people and how these connections affect our everyday lives.
Twelve entries (six from grades K–5 and six from grades 6–12) will be selected as finalists by May 12, 2017. Winners will be required to submit their original artwork upon being notified of their selection as finalists. The winning artwork will be featured on the NAMEPA, USCG, Mystic Aquarium and CIP-OAS websites as well as on a printed bilingual (English & Spanish) calendar distributed throughout the Americas. 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 be selected and will receive, in addition to the certificate and calendar, a $100 cash prize and a USCG prize package.
For complete “Connecting Ships, Ports and People” art contest guidelines, submission instructions, prize details, and more information about ports, ships, and their positive impacts on people worldwide, visit www.namepa.net/art-contest.
Who: Students in grades K–12
What: Each entry must be a two-dimensional, original piece of artwork done on white poster board 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. Any art medium may be used; however, computer graphics will not be accepted. Bright colors should be used because they are best for reprinting. Any artwork that includes copyrighted or trademarked product names will be disqualified. The student’s name or school should not appear on the front or back of the artwork.
When: All entries must be uploaded by March 31, 2017.
How: You must take a high-resolution (at least 3072 x 2304 pixels) digital photograph of your poster in order to submit your entry. You or your teacher/facilitator must then upload the digital photo of your poster along with your name, grade, school/after-school program name, school/after-school program address, and teacher/facilitator’s name, phone number, and e-mail address via the submission form at https://maritimeartcontest.submittable.com/submit.
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