2020 Marine Debris Calendar Art Contest Winners

a drawing of dolphins jumping out of the ocean. Below the water, there is floating marine debris.
Artwork of a puffer fish, narwhal, jellyfish, and other marine animals surrounded by marine debris and the text “Don’t be snobbish! Pick up rubbish!” by Verona M, Grade 1, Hawaii.
Artwork by Verona M, Grade 1, Hawaii.
Artwork of a clean beach and a dirty beach side by side reading “No Debris” and “Debris” by Gana S, Grade 2, US Virgin Islands.
Artwork by Gana S, Grade 2, US Virgin Islands.
Artwork of a seagull on a beach with straws, bottles, and other debris reading "Litter Bugs me! Stop it! Don't drop it! by Luke G, Grade 3, Ohio.
Artwork by Luke G, Grade 3, Ohio.
Artwork of a diver surrounded by debris and marine life by Anastasia K, Grade 4, Pennsylvania.
Artwork by Anastasia K, Grade 4, Pennsylvania.
Artwork of two hands pulling back a curtain of debris to reveal a clean beach with seals and a crab by Amy H, Grade 5, Massachusetts.
Artwork by Amy H, Grade 5, Massachusetts.
Artwork of four people cleaning a beach and releasing a turtle from a net by Julia K, Grade 5, Massachusetts.
Artwork by Julia K, Grade 5, Massachusetts.
Artwork of jellyfish trapped in glasses surrounded by marine debris reading “Keep the ocean clean of trash” by Aaron K, Grade 5, Michigan.
Artwork by Aaron K, Grade 5, Michigan.
Artwork of an octopus holding up a plastic bag reading “NO THANK YOU” multiple times across the front by Ava E, Grade 6, California.
Artwork by Ava E, Grade 6, California.
Artwork of an octopus sweeping debris and holding up a sign reading “Keep the Sea Free of Debris” by Carson M, Grade 5, Georgia.
Artwork by Carson M, Grade 5, Georgia.
Artwork of a chambered nautilus surrounded by debris reading “S.O.S – Save Our Seas!” and “We’ve Been Around For 5,000,000 Years, Let Us Stay For A Few More” by Taiza B, Grade 7, Idaho.
Artwork by Taelyn B, Grade 7, Idaho.
Artwork of dolphins jumping in front of a sunset reading “expectations”, while below the water there is debris and entangled marine life reading “reality” by Cindy P, Grade 7, Mississippi.
Artwork by Cindy P, Grade 7, Mississippi.
Artwork of an otter holding a bottle and surrounded by debris reading “Humans ‘Otter’ know Better!” and “Reduce Plastic Consumption” by Nora B, Grade 8, Hawaii.
Artwork by Nora B, Grade 8, Hawaii.
Artwork of a person on a beach releasing a turtle from a net, surrounded by debris and other entangled animals by Jennie C, Grade 8, Massachusetts.
Artwork by Jennie C, Grade 8, Massachusetts.

Congratulations to our annual NOAA Marine Debris Program Art Contest winners! This year, we received hundreds of entries from kindergarten to eighth grade students using the power of artistic expression to share messages around the global issue of marine debris. The Marine Debris Program selected 13 pieces of work, and we are proud to present the 2020 Marine Debris Calendar, now available for download. Thank you to all the students who participated in this year's contest!

Limited hard copies of the calendar are currently available. If interested, email us at marinedebris.web@noaa.gov.

Annual Marine Debris Program Art Contest
The NOAA Marine Debris Program holds an annual art contest to reach K-8 students and help raise awareness about marine debris. Marine debris is a global issue and we believe that engaging our youth is an important part of addressing the problem. The resulting calendar, featuring the winning artwork, provides a daily reminder of how important it is for us to be responsible stewards of the ocean.

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Artwork of a puffer fish, narwhal, jellyfish, and other marine animals surrounded by marine debris and the text “Don’t be snobbish! Pick up rubbish!” by Verona M, Grade 1, Hawaii.
Artwork by Verona M, Grade 1, Hawaii.
Artwork of a clean beach and a dirty beach side by side reading “No Debris” and “Debris” by Gana S, Grade 2, US Virgin Islands.
Artwork by Gana S, Grade 2, US Virgin Islands.
Artwork of a seagull on a beach with straws, bottles, and other debris reading "Litter Bugs me! Stop it! Don't drop it! by Luke G, Grade 3, Ohio.
Artwork by Luke G, Grade 3, Ohio.
Artwork of a diver surrounded by debris and marine life by Anastasia K, Grade 4, Pennsylvania.
Artwork by Anastasia K, Grade 4, Pennsylvania.
Artwork of two hands pulling back a curtain of debris to reveal a clean beach with seals and a crab by Amy H, Grade 5, Massachusetts.
Artwork by Amy H, Grade 5, Massachusetts.
Artwork of four people cleaning a beach and releasing a turtle from a net by Julia K, Grade 5, Massachusetts.
Artwork by Julia K, Grade 5, Massachusetts.
Artwork of jellyfish trapped in glasses surrounded by marine debris reading “Keep the ocean clean of trash” by Aaron K, Grade 5, Michigan.
Artwork by Aaron K, Grade 5, Michigan.
Artwork of an octopus holding up a plastic bag reading “NO THANK YOU” multiple times across the front by Ava E, Grade 6, California.
Artwork by Ava E, Grade 6, California.
Artwork of an octopus sweeping debris and holding up a sign reading “Keep the Sea Free of Debris” by Carson M, Grade 5, Georgia.
Artwork by Carson M, Grade 5, Georgia.
Artwork of a chambered nautilus surrounded by debris reading “S.O.S – Save Our Seas!” and “We’ve Been Around For 5,000,000 Years, Let Us Stay For A Few More” by Taiza B, Grade 7, Idaho.
Artwork by Taelyn B, Grade 7, Idaho.
Artwork of dolphins jumping in front of a sunset reading “expectations”, while below the water there is debris and entangled marine life reading “reality” by Cindy P, Grade 7, Mississippi.
Artwork by Cindy P, Grade 7, Mississippi.
Artwork of an otter holding a bottle and surrounded by debris reading “Humans ‘Otter’ know Better!” and “Reduce Plastic Consumption” by Nora B, Grade 8, Hawaii.
Artwork by Nora B, Grade 8, Hawaii.
Artwork of a person on a beach releasing a turtle from a net, surrounded by debris and other entangled animals by Jennie C, Grade 8, Massachusetts.
Artwork by Jennie C, Grade 8, Massachusetts.