Now Open: NOAA Marine Debris Program Art Contest!

Artwork from winner of the annual NOAA Marine Debris Program Art Contest
Artwork by Margaret H. (Grade 6, Maryland), winner of the Annual NOAA Marine Debris Program Art Contest.

The NOAA Marine Debris Art Contest is now open! Entries may be submitted electronically or by mail and are due by December 10, 2021. Check out the 2022 Marine Debris Calendar, now available for download!

Annual Marine Debris Program Art Contest Overview

The NOAA Marine Debris Program holds an annual art contest to reach K-8 students and help raise awareness about marine debris. Marine debris is a global issue and we believe that engaging our youth is an important part of addressing the problem. The resulting calendar, featuring the winning artwork, provides a daily reminder of how important it is for us to be responsible stewards of the ocean. Students are highly encouraged to check out resources on this website for information about marine debris.

Who is eligible to enter the contest?

All students in kindergarten through eighth grade from all U.S. states and territories in recognized public, private, and home schools are eligible to participate. Schools, including home schools, must be in compliance with federal and state civil rights and nondiscrimination statutes. Students may submit entries on their own or as part of a classroom, but must work individually.

How does a student enter?

Artwork and description requirements along with entry instructions can be found here: