For the second annual World Oceans Day Hawai’i film and arts festival, we are pleased to present a nation-wide student art contest to help save our seas.  In collaboration with From the Bow Seat, Sustainable Coastlines Hawaii and PangeaSeed we are hosting the first Sea Change Student Art Contest and Exhibition.

We invite students aged 17-25 who are currently enrolled in college, university or art institutes in the United States to submit pieces in one of these four categories:

  1. Painting & Drawing
  2. Photography
  3. Sculpture
  4. Mixed Media

Contest finalists of the contest will have the opportunity to have their work exhibited at the prestigious Honolulu Museum of Art during World Ocean’s Day Hawai’i and throughout the month of June.

Submissions should address marine issues such as plastic pollution, climate change, overfishing, loss of biodiversity or an issue that is specific to your community.

Rules & Regulations

  • Deadline: All submissions must be received by May 1, 2015 at 11:59 HST to be entered into the contest.

  • Each student is permitted to submit only one piece per category.  Therefore, a student may have a maximum of four different submissions, one in each category.

  • World Oceans Day Hawai‘i, PangeaSeed, and From The Bow Seat reserve the rights for reproduction of submissions and student work to be used as appropriate in all our media outlets.

  • All winners will be notified by email before they are publicly announced on our website.
  • All artists must include an ‘Artist Statement’ explaining the inspiration for their piece and the marine issue their piece is addressing.

  • All pieces must be submitted electronically through the platform.

  • Please submit high resolution (300dpi) image files (JPG or PNG) with a minimum of 800 pixels in width.

  • All finalists are responsible for the shipment of their pieces to the exhibition at the Honolulu Museum of Art.

  • Finalist must have their pieces postmarked by May 18, 2015.


1.1 Any student ages 17-25 currently enrolled in an accredited college, university or art institute in the United States is eligible to submit to the contest.

1.2 Submissions must be student's original works.

1.3 Submissions must relate to a marine environmental issue in general or address a specific issue affecting the entrant's community.

1.4 Each student must have at least one advisor or sponsor. Advisors and sponsors can be professors, teachers, or faculty members affiliated with students’ school organization.

1.5 World Oceans Day Hawaii reserves the right to disqualify submissions which do not meet all of the festival's requirements or are received after the deadline.


2.1 Judging will begin immediately after the contest closes.

2.2 Winners will be announced in early May 2015.

2.3 All judges decisions are final.