World Oceans Day Through Art - 2022

The art competition and exhibition celebrating World Oceans Day intends to seek the beauty of our oceans and to highlight the challenges of the marine environment through the eyes of creativity and art. The global call for this year’s celebrations has been ‘Revitalization: Collective Action for the Ocean’.

World Oceans Day Through Art 2022 is hosted by The Pearl Protectors in partnership with World Ocean Day International.

All art submissions are exhibited on Behance art gallery and Facebook public exhibition album. Selected artwork will be aimed at creating a larger awareness towards inspiring a new generation of ocean lovers and towards protecting our beautiful marine environment.

The art competition and the exhibition will be conducted virtually where various artwork/painting submissions will be received as soft images. The competition has two categories of ‘School’ and ‘Open’ while carry two themes for art submissions. These themes are ‘Beauty of the marine environment’ and ‘Challenges of the Ocean’.

  • World Oceans Day Art Competition entry is free and open for all.

  • You have the freedom to draw your artwork/painting using any type of technique or style of your choosing (ex: digital, acrylic, watercolor)

  • A single submission may be submitted in multiple art themes, however only a single submission may only place under one art theme.

  • Submitting image: You will be required to take a clear image of your artwork or painting making sure the captured image doesn’t crop the artwork or reduce the lighting or color quality of the artwork. The submission image must be renamed to (first name_last name_age_theme), and submitted using the following submission portal: www.bit.ly/WODART22

  • All required details of the artist must be submitted along with the artwork

  • JPEG/JPG images only

  • Maximum submission image size 7MB

  • Image must not be post processed

  • Copyright Watermarks NOT allowed. Watermarked submissions will be disqualified

  • Scanned images are acceptable as long as the color is not compromised

  • Finalists may be asked to submit the original physical artwork

  • Any ‘advanced’ editing must be disclosed in the email body if the artwork is drawn digitally (see rules below)

  • Winners will be contacted further to receive more information of the mailing address

  • The Pearl Protectors pledges to run this contest ethically and with utmost integrity.

  • Deadline for submissions is 4th of June 2022

  • Judges will not see submitted image titles or any other references to submissions.

  • Images submitted with watermarks will be disqualified.

  • This is not a photographic competition, hence the images submitted must be a capture of a painting or a digital artwork.

  • The competition is open for all. Categories will be divided once submitted based on your age

  • The original painting/artwork should have been done during 2022

  • This competition does not accept posters; hence no writing must be included in the painting/artwork.

  • Submissions will be judged by a panel of artists, marine experts and philanthropists and the decision by the panelists will be final.

  • Submissions must fall only under either of the two themes mentioned bellow

  • Submissions after the deadline will not be accepted for the competition

Beauty of the Marine Environment

  • Signifying the unique beauty seen underwater with different marine life coexisting in its habitat with a healthy marine eco system.

Challenges of the Ocean

  • Highlighting various forms of marine challenges our oceans are facing. Ex: Overfishing, climate change, coastal construction, plastic pollution, ocean acidification, coastal erosion, etc.

  • The purpose of this competition is to highlight the unique beauty of the marine environment and to highlight the detrimental effects our marine environment is facing due to human impact.

  • The World Oceans Day art competition will run parallel to an art exhibition where all art submitted will be displayed on the website of The Pearl Protectors, and on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter.

  • Winners and prize awards will be announced on World Oceans Day (8th June 2022)

  • All judges’ decisions are final.

  • Details of the judges will be shared publicly after the deadline for submissions

  • Top 24 submissions will be selected as winners with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place receiving the most valued prize.

  • Expectations of the artwork will be based on the unique creativity, artistic impression and conveyed message, artistic effort and quality of the submission.

  • Submissions may be used by The Pearl Protectors to increase awareness on marine environment protection and for public display.

  • Send questions to wave@pearlprotectors.org

  •  Submissions must not be post processed, saturated or edited other than adequately being cropped

  • Authenticity is paramount. Crop editing that enhances the artists original image is permitted. Any editing that misrepresents the scene and original art will not be accepted.

  • Note that there are no editing limits in the Digital Art form submission – everything is acceptable. We understand that this art form requires photoshop and illustrator, etc.

    For this form only, you can disregard the editing rules.

  •  All forms of painting formats using any type of painting material such as paint, brushes, canvas, paper, artwork enhancers, paint decorative, etc.

  • Image crop. Keep in mind that judges often look down on significant cropping.

  • All forms of digital art using any art software. Digital art can directly by submitted as an image

  • Artist signature which is not significantly displayed on the artwork

  •  Photography, multiple artwork mergers, murals, 3D art, posters and pop-up art

  • Copyright markings, watermarks, writing display on the art, background surrounding of the physical artwork captured in the submission, non-binding art on the original art form, post processing, light alterations of the original artwork and low-quality image submissions.

All participants are required to be honest and ethical when making submissions. Plagiarism and tampering of another artwork will not be tolerated. If any doubt, the
artist will be asked to show the original artwork as proof

World Oceans Day Art Competition categories are loosely defined below. Our very experienced judging panel will use their common sense when choosing winners in a category.

Beauty of the Marine Environment

Signifying the unique beauty seen underwater with different marine life coexisting in its habitat with a healthy marine eco system.

Challenges of the Ocean

Highlighting various forms of marine challenges our oceans are facing. Ex: Overfishing, climate change, coastal construction, plastic pollution, ocean acidification, coastal erosion, etc.

The judges will decide on the winners based on various artistic traits, depiction of the artwork, creativity, quality and the overall message conveyed through the art.

Winners will receive a valuable hamper as prize. The prizes will not be revealed till the deadline to avoid over-incentivizing the prize where else as to the genuine commitment made towards painting the artwork. Best 24 of submissions will be awarded their prizes. Each category will have top 3 winners where 1st place winners will receive the largest prize followed by the 2nd place winner followed by the 3rd place winner, etc. Winners can only receive one prize.

The exact ranking of the category point systems, which determines who gets awarded their first prize picks, will be determined by the judges based upon the number of entries and level of competitiveness of each category.

Winners will learn of their placement and awarded prize when contest results are announced on 8th June 2022. All prizes will be awarded to the relevant winners.