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Conservation Art Challenge

OdySea Aquarium invites you to be an advocate for conservation and have your creative voice heard.

Topic: Ocean Conservation (protecting oceans, animals, and habitats; reducing pollution; reducing dependency on
single-use plastics; being good global citizens).

Types of Art: In order to acknowledge the wide range of art and to be as inclusive as possible, art in the following categories will be accepted:

  • Visual Arts (drawing, painting, photography, collage, poster, infographic, cartoon, recycled fashion, toys from trash, t-shirt design, model, costume, PowerPoint, digital art, graphic design, mosaic, sculpture, animation, brochure, 3-dimensional project, papier-mâché, found art, reusable bag design, quilt, mask, etc.)
  • Performing Arts (dance, song, video, short play, cheer/chant, public service announcement, spoken word, debate, parody, recycled instruments, documentary, etc.)
  • Language Arts (essay, poem, short story, readers theater script, personification, allegory, article, dear decision maker letter, children’s book, etc.)

All submissions must be your original work.

Accepted file format for entry: jpeg, png, gif, pdf, Word doc, or YouTube video link

Maximum sizes: Maximum size for artwork is 36”x36”. Videos must be 3 minutes or less in length. Essays and written submissions must be 500 words or less in length.

Open to K-12 students. Any student under age 18 must have a signed permission form from their parent or guardian in order to enter the challenge.

Judging will be by grade/age category. Early Elementary (PreK-2); Elementary (3rd-5th); Middle School (6th-8th); and High School (9th-12)

Deadline: Monday, January 7th, 2019 by midnight (Arizona time)


The purpose of OdySea Aquarium’s Conservation Art Challenge is to encourage students to get actively involved in conservation and use their creative voices to make a difference in the world. In an effort to have the greatest positive impact, the main goal of the challenge is to provide an opportunity for students to have their work seen by a large number of people.

Select entries will be invited to be part of OdySea Aquarium’s Conservation Expo on January 19, where approximately 7,000 visitors will be able to view the artwork. Some artwork submissions may also be selected to be highlighted on social media, displayed inside OdySea Aquarium, become part of a traveling conservation art show, or be part of other promotional efforts.

OdySea Aquarium’s Conservation Committee will evaluate the artwork on the following criteria and requirements:

  • Content is appropriate and family-friendly (a strict requirement)
  • Content is aligned with the ocean conservation theme
  • Conservation messaging is embedded within the art (in words, meaning, or materials used)
  • Artwork is original and creative. No plagiarism.
  • The art, and the story behind it, is impactful
  • Considerable effort was put into the artwork
  • Artwork has a strong presentation quality
  • Artwork is of the appropriate size, dimensions, and material that would facilitate display

Art Challenge Entry Form