Marine Debris
Creative Advocacy Competition

Have you ever been upset to see plastic bags, cigarettes butts, and candy wrappers littering your favorite beach or park? Do you wish your school provided recycling bins for single-use water bottles? Or maybe you’d prefer that your friends didn’t use single-use water bottles at all!

If you care about marine debris issues and want to make a difference in your community, we invite you and other middle and high school students from the United States to participate in the Marine Debris Creative Advocacy Competition! Enter individually or rally a group to work together. There is no fee to enter the Competition.

The Challenge

We challenge you to design and lead a creative advocacy campaign in your school or community.

Your campaign should meet the Competition goals of:

  • Educating the public about marine debris
  • Inspiring people to change their behavior
  • Engaging others in an activity that reduces or prevents marine debris

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Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs is proud to offer awards of up to $5,000 to students and student groups whose campaigns most effectively raise awareness of and address the marine debris problem through creativity, community engagement, and activism.

Gold Award
Silver Award
Bronze Awards
Mention Awards

Winners will be announced in Fall 2018. Students are free to use their awards however they choose, but they are encouraged to use their awards for continued study or development of their advocacy campaigns.

To recognize participants’ commitments and efforts to make a difference in their communities, every student will receive a Certificate of Participation acknowledging their contribution to this NOAA-sponsored Competition.

Step 1: Brainstorm


Step 2: Prepare & Register


Step 3. Take Action


Step 4. Submit