Deadline: 10th June 2024 | A platform for young people to learn about environmental issues through art-making and creative communication, explore their relationship to a changing world, and become advocates for positive change. Students ages 11-18 from around the world are invited to participate.

Climate science is very data-driven. From the data, we know that climate change is happening and can project how it will impact weather, agriculture, and infrastructure. It is also one of the biggest threats to our oceans. It is important to understand this, but often, the data feels too removed from day-to-day life. By telling your climate story, you can bridge the gap between the data and your reality. There’s power in telling a personal story through art, writing, dance, film, and more. Through the arts, you can help people connect with these issues in a new and relevant way.

Your climate story does not have to be a catastrophe, like extreme weather or wildfires. You can focus on how climate change is altering how you eat, play sports, or make vacation plans. You can celebrate climate solutions in your community or initiatives that you have participated in, or share how you find strength and inspiration in our changing world. These are all part of your climate story. It can be cathartic to express your feelings about climate change, and we hope you will find community and realize that other people around the world are experiencing and feeling some of the same things you are.

Tell Your Climate Story Prompt

Think about climate issues and solutions and consider how they have affected you or your community. Find something that resonates deeply with your experiences – perhaps a climate impact you witnessed, an initiative that you’ve participated in, or a source of strength and inspiration when thinking about the climate crisis. Share your personal climate story through art, writing, performance, film, or multimedia. What is the story that you’d like to tell?

Note: “We are asking specifically about climate change and not other environmental concerns, like plastic pollution, oil spills, and overfishing. If you do choose to address these issues, make sure that you research how they connect to climate change and incorporate that into your submission.”

Who May Enter

Students ages 11-18 from around the world are invited to participate in the Ocean Awareness Contest. Enter the division based on your age at the time of entry:

  • Junior Division: Age 11-14
  • Senior Division: Age 15-18

Students can participate as an individual or as a club, class, or group of any size. All students must provide the contact information for an Adult Sponsor (teacher, parent, mentor, etc.) Students who have started college or university are not eligible to participate in the Contest.

Submissions are accepted in:

  • Visual Art: Handcrafted
  • Visual Art: Digital
  • Poetry & Spoken Word
  • Creative Writing
  • Film
  • Performing Arts: Music & Dance
  • Interactive & Multimedia

Find out more and apply at the official link below:


Apply before 10th June, 2024