World Ocean Day Poster Contest

May 16, 2007

Oregon Coast Aquarium, HMSC and Sea Grant partner on the contest

The Oregon Coast Aquarium, Hatfield Marine Science Center and Oregon Sea Grant are collaborating on a poster contest, with awards and recognition for all participants to be awarded at HMSC’s SeaFest Saturday, June 23. Students from kindergarten through grade 12 are invited to participate in the contest, with each grade category focusing on a different theme. Deadline for entries is World Oceans Day, June 9.

“The emphasis in this contest is on participation,” according to HMSC Program Manager, Ken Hall. “All of the submitted artwork will be displayed at SeaFest, and every entrant will receive a ribbon,” said Hall. First-, second-, and third-place prizewinners will be announced and awarded prizes during a special ceremony at SeaFest. Students can work on their posters at school or at home, and submit them by mail or in person to the HMSC or the Aquarium. Students who visit the Aquarium during the World Ocean Day celebration on Saturday, June 9th can create and submit a poster there. Artwork supplies will be provided.

Prizes include free passes to Oregon Coast Aquarium, behind-the-scenes tours at Hatfield Marine Science Center and gift certificates for art supplies, books, games and toys. Prizes awarded to the top three entries in each of the four (4) grade categories and all entries will receive a participation award.

Among the judges for the poster contest is distinguished American artist, Diane O’Leary, whose traveling art exhibit, Living Waters of Tillamook Bay features colorful collages of marine and plant species that have disappeared or are disappearing from Tillamook Bay. “This is a wonderful opportunity for young people to express their concern for the ocean and its inhabitants with creativity,” said O’Leary.

Each grade category will focus on a different theme:
Grades K-2 – “Why I love the ocean”
Grades 3-5 – “The importance of the ocean”
Grades 6-8 – “Connection between climate and oceans”
Grades 9-12 – “Everyday solutions to climate change”

For more information email seafest@oregonstate.edu or visit the SeaFest website at http://hmsc.oregonstate.edu/seafest/kidzone.html.

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