March 28, 2012
CORPUS CHRISTI, TEXAS – Texas Regional Winners and other Awardees of the Coastal America Ocean Art Contest will be announced on Wednesday, March 28 at the Texas State Aquarium. Refreshments will be served at 5:00 p.m. with the Awards Presentation at 5:30 p.m.
More than 30 pieces of art and photography were submitted in five age categories: Grades K-2, Grades 3-5, Grades 6-8, Grades 9-12, and Full-time University & College Students. Submissions were judged on visual impact, communication of the ocean literacy principle, and artistic merit. Winning artwork will be displayed at the Texas State Aquarium during the month of April.
Twenty-two regional competitions were held across the U.S. Canada and Mexico. The Coastal America Ocean Art Contest draws upon young people’s artistic expression to convey the importance of the ocean through the Seven Essential Principles of Ocean Literacy : Earth has one big ocean with many features; The ocean and life in the ocean shape the features of Earth; The ocean is a major influence on weather and climate; The ocean makes Earth habitable; The ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystems; The ocean and humans are inextricably linked, and; The ocean is largely unexplored.
The purpose of the contest is to enhance public awareness of the importance of the ocean in the artists’ and viewers’ lives and to convey how personal actions affect the ocean.
Texas Regional Contest winners will be submitted to the National Competition. Entries to the National Competition will be selected by very special guest judges: world-renowned ocean explorer Dr. Sylvia Earle, National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry, cartoonist Jim Toomey and marine life artist Wyland. National winners will be announced by May 1 and honored at a special awards ceremony at National Geographic Headquarters in Washington D.C. on June 7. Winning artwork will also be displayed at prominent locations around the city during Capitol Hill Oceans Week.
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