2022 Greater Atlantic Region's Marine Endangered Species Art Contest
Celebrate Endangered Species Day (May 20) by having your classroom participate in our Endangered Species Art Contest.
Contest During COVID-19:
Due to the continuing COVID-19 pandemic, we are only accepting entries via email. Please send entries as image or pdf files to: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Endangered Species Day
Celebrate Endangered Species Day (May 20) by having your classroom participate in our 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 world to submit entries!
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.
- 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 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 22, 2022. They should be emailed to
Winner and Honorable Mention entries will be displayed in a slideshow on our Facebook page. Students whose artwork is chosen as a Winner or Honorable Mention will receive an electronic certificate through email. Winners from this year’s contest will receive a prize in the mail once our staff is able to return to the office.
In addition, the winning and honorable mention entries will be featured in a 2022-2023 electronic calendar (available upon request).
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 us at email@example.com or (978) 282-8490.