NAMEPA opens annual student art contest

The following is a news release from the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA):

(SOUTHPORT, Conn.) — Students in grades K-12 are invited to participate in the annual calendar art contest sponsored by the North American Marine Environment Protection Association, the United States Coast Guard (USCG), and the Inter-American Committee on Ports of the Organization of American States (CIP-OAS).

The theme of this year's contest mirrors that of IMO's World Maritime Day, "Better Shipping for a Better Future." Submissions will be accepted from youth across the Americas (North America, Central America, South America and the Caribbean).

Students are asked to submit an original poster depicting creative ideas about how shipping makes the future better for people and the marine environment, or how shipping can be even more green. Maritime shipping has existed for thousands of years, ever since the earliest humans took to the water to find food, building supplies, and adventure. Throughout its history, shipping has evolved into the most environmentally friendly and safest way to transport goods around the world. Today, the maritime shipping industry transports about 90 percent of the items people use every day.   

Twelve finalists will receive a certificate and a calendar featuring the artwork from each finalist. Two grand-prize winning artists will be selected from the finalists and will also receive a $100 cash prize and a U.S. Coast Guard prize package. There will be one grand prize winner from each of the K-5 and 6-12 categories.

The submission deadline is March 30 and winners will be announced by May 15. For complete contest guidelines, prize details, and more information about the maritime shipping industry and its positive impact on people worldwide, visit  

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By Professional Mariner Staff