2017-18 RectangleArtContest v1.jpg

Thank you for your interest in “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 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:  www.namepa.net/concurso-de-arte)

Students are asked to submit an original poster that creatively depicts the connections among ships, ports and people and how these connections affect our everyday lives.

About 90% of the items people use every day are transported by ships and unloaded at ports before reaching our homes, schools, and communities.  The men and women employed on the ships and at the ports work very hard to ensure that shipping remains the most environmentally friendly and safest way to transport goods across the world.  Help us show others how important the connections among ships, ports and people are in everyday life!

Twelve finalists will receive a certificate and a calendar with the artwork from each finalist.  Two grand-prize winning artists 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 31, 2017, and winners will be announced by May 12, 2017. 

To enter, click the button below or go to:  https://maritimeartcontest.submittable.com/submit

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.
  • Bright colors should be used because they are best for reprinting.
  • A slogan or title may be written on the drawing, 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:  https://maritimeartcontest.submittable.com/submit

  • Only one entry per student is allowed.
  • Submissions must be made via a submittable.com 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 submittable.com 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, and school/after-school program
    School/after-school complete mailing address including city, state, country, and postal code
    Teacher’s/after-school facilitator’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 submittable.com account holder.  The twelve finalists will be selected and notified by May 12, 2017.  The finalists will be required to submit their original artwork via mail upon being notified as a finalist.  For contest help, please contact contesthelp@namepa.net.

Use of Submissions

NAMEPA, the U.S. Coast Guard, Mystic Aquarium, 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 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/