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Congratulations, 2014 Art Contest Winners


We are proud to present the winners of our 2014 Keep the Sea Free of Debris! art contest. These 13 works of art, which we chose from hundreds of submissions, will be featured in our 2015 Marine Debris Calendar later this year.
Each year, the NOAA Marine Debris Program holds the Keep the Sea Free of Debris! art contest to help raise awareness among K-8 students about one of the most significant problems our oceans face today. The resulting calendar, with the winning artwork, will help remind us every day how important it is for us to be responsible stewards of the ocean.

Thank you to all the students and schools that participated in this year’s contest!

Author: NOAA Marine Debris Program

The NOAA Marine Debris Program envisions the global ocean and its coasts, users, and inhabitants free from the impacts of marine debris. Our mission is to investigate and solve the problems that stem from marine debris, in order to protect and conserve our nation's marine environment, natural resources, industries, economy, and people.

3 thoughts on “Congratulations, 2014 Art Contest Winners

  1. I think this contest is a great idea and an excellent way to spread awareness and increase interest in young people of being good stewards of our oceans. I am curious about the source of part of the text of the grand winner. It states “many animals are trapped by plastic bags.” As a marine debris researcher/artist/activist I am always interested in coming up with themes for my art that illustrate the dangers of plastic pollution in marine environments. While I have heard this meme asserted occasionally by advocacy groups, I have never seen any evidence of it being true. Online image searches produce no examples, no scientific paper I have ever read mentions it, a Boolean search for “animals trapped by plastic bags” returns 0 hits and I have personally never observed it in my many thousands of hours of beach clean up. Could you direct me to a reliable source that verifies that “many animals are trapped by plastic bags?”

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  3. This will be the last year my students enter this contest, clearly you are not looking for artistic merit but rather parity. I am the art teacher of the talented students who put in a great amount of time only to see their work overlooked and diminished by “lesser” talent.

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