2020 Marine Endangered Species Art Contest
Celebrate Endangered Species Day (May 15) and NOAA's 50th anniversary by having your classroom participate in the Greater Atlantic Region’s Marine Endangered Species Art Contest.
Due to the recent developments of the COVID-19 virus pandemic, we understand that several of the schools across the nation are currently closed. Our office in Gloucester, Massachusetts also has restricted access to the general public and we have been encouraged to work from home.
Because we are not in the building, and we do not know when we will return, we can no longer accept any physical art entries this year. However, to keep the contest going and to encourage students to learn about marine endangered species while they are home, we will gladly accept any electronic pictures or scans of the students' artwork for this year's contest! Please see below for submission instructions and the extended deadline date.
Endangered Species Day
Celebrate Endangered Species Day (May 15) and the 50th anniversary of NOAA by having your classroom participate in the Greater Atlantic Region’s Marine Endangered Species Art Contest. Endangered and threatened species need our help. Students’ artwork will showcase their knowledge and commitment to protecting these animals. We invite Massachusetts schools as well as schools from anywhere in the United States and beyond to submit entries!
50th Anniversary of NOAA
Throughout 2020, NOAA is celebrating 50 years of science, service, and stewardship. NOAA is a world-class forecasting and resource management agency with a reach that goes from the surface of the sun to the depths of the ocean floor. In the next 50 years, NOAA will advance innovative research and technology, answer tough scientific questions, explored the unexplored, inspire new approaches to conservation, and power the U.S. economy. NOAA Fisheries is responsible for the stewardship of the nation's ocean resources and their habitat. We provide vital services for the nation including the recovery and conservation of protected species.
Artwork should highlight one or more marine endangered or threatened species from the New England/Mid-Atlantic region. Text highlighting why the animals are important and what people can do to protect them may also be included. Younger students, in grades K-2, who may not understand the threats to endangered species (i.e., pollution, fishing, etc.) are encouraged to portray the animal in its natural habitat instead.
- Grades K-2: sculpture and 2-D
- Grades 3-5: sculpture and 2-D
- Grades 6-8: sculpture and 2-D
- Grades 9-12: sculpture and 2-D
- In addition to school entries, home school and individual entries are welcome.
- Artwork may be in the form of a painting, drawing, or sculpture (clay, recycled trash, etc.). Painting/drawing may be multi-color, black and white, or a single color; it may be rendered in ink, paint, pastel, crayon, or pencil. Chalk and pastel entries should be sprayed with a fixative to safeguard artwork.
- Two-dimensional artwork may be matted, but might be cropped electronically by NOAA Fisheries staff. The physical size of submitted artwork itself must be 8 1/2” x 11” and less than 1/8” thick (not including matting). Three-dimensional artwork must be no bigger than 24” x 24” x 24”. Please make sure the artwork is dry and secure.
- Image must be of a native marine endangered or threatened species in the New England/Mid-Atlantic region of the United States. Entries depicting other species will be disqualified from the contest.
- Artistic liberties may be taken as long as the depiction is a recognizable species. Techniques may include but are not limited to scratch-board, airbrush, linoleum printing, paper collage, dry brush, crosshatch, and/or pointillism. No photography, light sketching, or computer-generated art. Computers or other mechanical devices may not be used in creating artwork for this contest.
- Design entries must be entrant’s original, hand-drawn creation and may not be traced or copied from published photographs or other artists’ works. Entrants may rely on photographs or published images as guides. However, especially when references are used for the subject(s), the entry must be the entrant’s own creation and idea.
- Entries should NOT include any brand names (i.e., shopping bags that say “Market Basket” on them). Because we recommend viewing endangered species from afar so that they won’t be disturbed, we kindly ask that NO human swimmers, snorkelers, or scuba divers be drawn in the artwork.
We can only accept emailed entries this year. Please do not mail them or drop them off at our Gloucester building, because we will not be able to receive them. Each emailed entry must include the name of the student, contact information (if individual entry), teacher, school, state, grade, medium type, and title of the artwork. The entries can be attached to the email in the form of a picture or scan of the artwork.
Entries must be emailed by Friday, April 24, 2020. They should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The awards ceremony that is scheduled in May is still TBD. Should the event be canceled, we will mail any certificates or prizes to the students' respective schools when we return to the office.
The chosen artists in each of the four grade categories will be invited to an award ceremony at the NOAA Fisheries Greater Atlantic Regional Fisheries Office in Gloucester, Massachusetts on Thursday, May 21, 2020 at 4 pm (TBD; may be canceled). Students whose artwork receives an Honorable Mention or is chosen for display in the gallery will also be invited to the ceremony and will receive a certificate. Following the award ceremony, guests are welcome to view the artwork gallery exhibiting some of the submitted entries and our exhibits related to these species. If you are unable to attend the awards ceremony, the event will be aired live on Facebook (TBD; may be canceled). The artwork will be displayed in our lobby throughout May.
In addition, the winning and honorable mention entries will be featured in a 2020-2021 calendar available online. The winners’ schools will receive printed posters of their students’ artwork.
Submissions become property of the NOAA Fisheries. Through submission of artwork, entrants and their legal guardians grant non-exclusive reproduction and publication rights to the works.
Questions? Contact Edith Carson-Supino at email@example.com or (978) 282-8490.