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Thank you for your interest in the “Better Shipping for a Better Future” Art Contest sponsored by the North American Marine Environment Protection Association (NAMEPA), the United States Coast Guard (USCG), and the Inter-American Committee on Ports of the Organization of the American States (CIP-OAS).  We welcome submissions from students enrolled in grades K-12 living in the Americas (North America, Central America, South America, and the Caribbean).  Students living outside the Americas are welcome to apply, provided they have one or more parents on active duty with the U. S. Coast Guard.  (En Español:

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% of the items people use every day like clothes, cars, furniture, toothbrushes, and computers.  

Engineers, marine biologists, environmental experts, computer programmers, and other scientists work every day to make shipping better- cleaner, quieter, safer, and more energy efficient.  As shipping gets better, the marine environment becomes healthier, more livable for plants and animals, and cleaner for human use.  Can you think of a way that shipping makes the future better for people and for the marine environment?  Or, do you have an imaginative idea about how to make shipping even more environmentally friendly?

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.   

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

The submission deadline is March 30, 2018, and winners will be announced by May 15, 2018. 

To enter, click the button below or go to:

To view the press release, click here.

Good luck!


Artwork Specifications

  • Each entry must be a two-dimensional, original piece of artwork done on white poster board or heavy white drawing paper with dimensions of 24” x 18” or 32” x 24” (61 cm x 46 cm or 81 cm x 61 cm) in the landscape orientation.  Drawings that do not meet these size and orientation specifications will be ineligible for competition. 
  • Any art medium may be used; however computer graphics will not be accepted.
  • Artwork must be flat with no glued pieces.
  • Bright colors should be used because they are best for reprinting.
  • A slogan or title may be written on the artwork; however the student's name or school may not appear on the front or back of the drawing.
  • Artwork must be completely done by the student, including any written text.
  • Any artwork that includes copyrighted or trademarked product names will be disqualified.
  • You must take a high-resolution (at least 3072 x 2304 pixels) digital photograph of your poster in order to submit your entry.

Artwork Submission - To enter, go to:

  • Only one entry per student is allowed.
  • Submissions must be made via a account.
  • Click the ‘Submit’ button to log in or establish an account and submit an entry.
  • Parents, legal guardians, and teachers/facilitators are allowed to submit entries for multiple students using the same account.
  • The following information will be needed for each entry:
    Title of artwork such as “Healthy Oceans, Happy Fish”
    Student’s first & last name, grade, age, and school/after-school program
    Student's city, state, and country
    Teacher’s/Parent’s name, phone number, and email
  • Upload the digital photo of the artwork
  • Submit your entry.

Next Steps

Once the entry is submitted, a confirmation email will be sent to the account holder.  The twelve finalists will be selected and notified by May 15, 2018.  The finalists will be required to submit their original artwork via mail upon being notified as a finalist.  For contest help, please contact  

Use of Submissions

NAMEPA, the U.S. Coast Guard, and the Inter-American Committee on Ports of the Organization of American States retain the right to use the winning posters, always making reference to the name of the holder, to project and promote their institutional objectives in any way deemed appropriate in the future (exhibitions, production of commemorative booklets or calendars, creation of CDs, projections on websites, etc.). Participants in this poster competition explicitly accept this condition and provide the “Partners” the right to use their posters. 

Informational Sites and Photo Gallery

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

The Maritime Industry Knowledge Center

International Chamber of Shipping

To view previous winners, click here.



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

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


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