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Enter our ESA@50 Ocean Art Contest!

October 20, 2023

K–12 students are invited to celebrate threatened and endangered species in the Pacific Islands region with our annual art contest! Winning artwork will be featured in an exhibition and online.

A watercolor and colored pencil drawing of resting mother and pup Hawaiian monk seal Resting Mother and Pup Hawaiian Monk Seal by Claire P., Northern Mariana Islands, from the 2022 Share the Shore and Sea Youth Art Contest.
PIRO ESA@50 Ocean Art Contest Handout

Happy Anniversary, Endangered Species Act! For 50 years, NOAA Fisheries and the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service have been protecting species and the places they live under this landmark legislation. This fall, we invite K–12 students to enter our ESA@50 Ocean Art Contest to celebrate a half century of conservation efforts!

Celebrate Protected Marine Life in the Pacific

We are looking for art that showcases threatened or endangered marine species in the Pacific Islands region. This includes hawksbill turtles, blue whales, giant manta rays, and more in:

We encourage you to explore facts about the species you choose to represent, such as appearance, behavior, habitat, and threats to their survival. You might even learn what NOAA Fisheries and other organizations are doing to protect and recover them!

Contest Deadline

The contest is now open, and the submission deadline is:

  • American Samoa: 11:59 p.m. SST on November 30, 2023
  • Hawai‘i: 11:59 p.m. HST on November 30, 2023
  • CNMI and Guam: 11:59 p.m. ChST on December 1, 2023

We will announce contest winners publicly on December 28—the official 50th anniversary of the Endangered Species Act. We will honor winners with a public art exhibition and awards presentation in 2024.

For more information on how to enter, visit the contest information page.

Last updated by Pacific Islands Regional Office on February 20, 2024