This year's theme is Ocean Pollution: Challenges & Solutions. It's easy to become discouraged when you think about the challenges facing our ocean ecosystems. Ocean pollution in particular is an ever-increasing global concern that threatens marine life our environment the economy and human health.
Any middle school (6-8 grade or the international equivalent) or high school (9-12 grade equivalent) student who is/was enrolled in school while the contest is open. Yet there have been many inspiring conservation stories and ocean "wins" in the last year: cities implementing plastic bag bans; governments establishing new Marine Protected Areas; and the rise of citizens and businesses embracing zero-waste mentalities. Optimism is contagious and sharing messages of hope around the world has never been easier than in this digitally connected age. Let's ride the wave of #OceanOptimism and think creatively about how our ocean-loving community - from K to gray - can turn the tide of global ocean pollution.We want you to #BeTheChange. You may choose to focus your work on one type of pollution or the impact of ocean pollution as a whole. Whichever way you choose we want your submission - visual art poetry prose or film - to make viewers reflect on the impact of ocean pollution inspire them to consider possible solutions and challenge them to take action.Some question to consider when working on your submission:-Who is to "blame" for ocean pollution? What are the sources of ocean pollution?-Who - and what - is impacted by ocean pollution?-How does ocean pollution at one end of the world affect the other end?-What innovative solutions have been created or proposed to address different types of ocean pollution? What challenges do these innovations face to widespread implementation?-How should scientists designers and policy-makers work together to address ocean pollution issues? How do local communities take part? How do individuals play a role? What role do you play?-What is the first step to raising awareness about ocean pollution?-How does meaningful change happen?-What does the future ocean look like to you?For more information or to apply please visit the scholarship provider's website.