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Congratulations to Our Winners! 


grand Prize Winner, k-5:

Nelson V. – Grade 3, Unidad Educativa Atahualpa, Ibarara, Ecuador

grand prize winner, 6-12:

Camille Q. – Grade 7, Kapolei Middle School, Kapolei, Hawaii, United States


finalist, k-5:

Dakota B. - Grade 4, Cedar Road Elementary, Chesapeake, Virginia, United States
Theo C. - Grade 2, Unidad Educativa Particular Católica de Cuenca, Cuenca, Ecuador
Edna C. - Grade 5, La Estancia School, Comayagüela, Francisco Morazán, Honduras
Brandon L. - Grade 1, Unidad Educativa Atahualpa, Ibarara, Ecuador

finalist, 6-12:

Zulmy A. - Grade 8, CEB Republica de Honduras, Choluteca, Honduras
Daniela P. - Grade 8, La Estancia School, Comayagüela, Francisco Morazán, Honduras
Rachel P. - Grade 7, John Curtis Christian School, River Ridge, Louisiana, United States
John V. - Grade 7, River Road Middle School, Elizabeth City, North Carolina, United States
Aisha W. - Grade 6, Spanish Town Primary School, Spanish Town, St. Catherine, Jamaica

Honorable Mention

Wilson C. - Grade 2, Unidad Educativa Particular Católica de Cuenca, Cuenca, Ecuador
Noah H. - Grade 7, East Hampton Middle School, East Hampton, Connecticut, United States


Thank you to everyone who entered and supported the “Connecting Ships, Ports and People” Art Contest sponsored by the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), the United States Coast Guard (USCG), Mystic Aquarium, and the Inter-American Committee on Ports of the Organization of the American States (CIP-OAS).  We received over 500 submissions from students enrolled in grades K-12 throughout the Americas (North America, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean).  (En Español:  www.namepa.net/concurso-de-arte)

Informational Sites

For more information on ships and the maritime industry, check out these links:

The Maritime Industry Knowledge Center

International Chamber of Shipping



North American Marine Environment Protection Association

The North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA) is a marine industry-led organization of environmental stewards preserving the marine environment by promoting sustainable marine industry best practices and educating seafarers, students and the public about the need and strategies for protecting global ocean, lake and river resources.  For more information visit www.namepa.net.

United States Coast Guard

The U.S. Coast Guard is one of the five armed forces of the United States and the only military organization within the Department of Homeland Security. Since 1790 the Coast Guard has safeguarded our maritime and environmental interests around the world. The Coast Guard is an adaptable, responsive military force of maritime professionals whose broad legal authorities, capable assets, geographic diversity and expansive partnerships provide a persistent presence along our rivers, in the ports, littoral regions and on the high seas. Coast Guard presence and impact is local, regional, national and international. These attributes make the Coast Guard a unique instrument of maritime safety, security and environmental stewardship. For more information, visit www.uscg.mil.

Mystic Aquarium

Mystic Aquarium, a nonprofit 501(c)3 organization, is counted among the nation’s leading aquariums with more than 300 species and an extensive collection of marine mammals, including New England’s only belugas. Mystic Aquarium has been a pioneer in offering guests a variety of up close encounters with a wide range of marine animals. The mission of Mystic Aquarium is to inspire people to care for and protect our ocean planet through conservation, education and research. Mystic Aquarium receives major support from The Coca-Cola Company, Foxwoods Resort Casino, Resorts World Sentosa and United Technologies Corporation. Learn more at mysticaquarium.org.


The Inter-American Committee on Ports (CIP) of the Organization of American States (OAS) brings together the National Port Authorities of all 35 sovereign nations of the Americas. CIP promotes competitive, sustainable, inclusive and secure maritime sector development by facilitating policy dialogue at the highest governmental and corporate levels. With close to 100 public and private members representing leading institutions from the maritime industry, CIP strengthens, in collaboration with its partners, institutional and human capacities through seminars, workshops, conferences, courses and scholarship programs. CIP priority areas include, in addition to promoting the protection of the marine environment and sustainable port management practices, competitiveness and logistics; protection and security; tourism and services to ships; legislation and regulation; and CSR and gender equality.   For more information, visit http://portalcip.org/