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Oceans 2030: Youth Outlook will provide a forum for youth to share their vision for our oceans over the next 20 years as part of the 11th National Conference: Our Changing Oceans organized by the National Council for Science and the Environment (NCSE).

The Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill is a stark reminder of our influence on the ocean, and it value to society and our economy. Oil spills are only one threat. Overfishing, habitat loss, pollution, invasive species, and overarching all of these, climate change will result in profound changes to our oceans and coasts over the next 20 years. Engaging today’s youth in creating solutions is vital, and will shape their futures and the world they inherit.

Oceans 2030 is a multimedia – photo, video, and art – contest. Winning entries in each media will be showcased at the Waves of Change Oceans Expo at the Our Changing Oceans Conference and published online in the Encyclopedia of Earth.


Photograph – digital photograph in high resolution in .jpg, .png or .gif file format
Video – short video (up to 5 minutes) uploaded via YouTube
Graphic Art – illustration or comic (up to 3 panels) in high resolution in .jpg, .png or .gif file format

Each submission must also include 200-300 words (.doc or .pdf file formats) outlining your vision for our oceans in 2030 and why?

Contestants aged 15-24 are allowed one entry which must be your own original work. The content should express personal perspectives and identify key issues and solutions. Submissions will be evaluated on originality, creativity, and relevance to the theme.

Oceans 2030: Youth Outlook Contest Guidelines

Each media category can include (but is not limited to) the following suggested topics:

Oceans and Climate
· Sea level rise
· Carbon storage
· Ocean acidification
· Health impacts
· Extreme weather
Marine Ecosystems
· Marine biodiversity
· Wetlands
· Coral reefs
· Deep sea
· Polar regions
Oceans and the Economy
· Fisheries
· Tourism
· Energy
· Pollution and waste
· Ecosystem services