Annual NOAA Marine Debris Program Art Contest

Artwork by Amy H., 5th Grade.
2020 Winners
Artwork by Jennie C. (Grade 8, Massachusetts)
2020 Art Contest Winner Jennie C. (Grade 8, Massachusetts)
Artwork by Nora B. (Grade 8, Hawaii)
2020 Art Contest Winner Nora B. (Grade 8, Hawaii)
Artwork by Cindy P. (Grade 7, Mississippi)
2020 Art Contest Winner Cindy P. (Grade 7, Mississippi)
Artwork by Taelyn B. (Grade 7, Idaho)
2020 Art Contest Winner Taelyn B. (Grade 7, Idaho)
Artwork by Carson M. (Grade 6, Georgia)
2020 Art Contest Winner Carson M. (Grade 6, Georgia)
Artwork by Ava E. (Grade 6, California)
2020 Art Contest Winner Ava E. (Grade 6, California)
Artwork by Aaron K. (Grade 5, Michigan)
2020 Art Contest Winner Aaron K. (Grade 5, Michigan)
Artwork by Julia K. (Grade 5, Massachusetts)
2020 Art Contest Winner Julia K. (Grade 5, Massachusetts)
Artwork by Amy H. (Grade 5, Massachusetts)
2020 Art Contest Winner Amy H. (Grade 5, Massachusetts)
Artwork by Anastasia K. (Grade 4, Pennsylvania)
2020 Art Contest Winner Anastasia K. (Grade 4, Pennsylvania)
Artwork by Luke G. (Grade 3, Ohio)
2020 Art Contest Winner Luke G. (Grade 3, Ohio)
Artwork by Gana S. (Grade 2, U.S. Virgin Islands)
2020 Art Contest Winner Gana S. (Grade 2, U.S. Virgin Islands)
Artwork by Verona M. (Grade 1, Hawaii)
2020 Art Contest Winner Verona M. (Grade 1, Hawaii)

The NOAA Marine Debris Art Contest is now closed and will re-open in fall 2020

All students in grades Kindergarten through 8th grade from all U.S. states and territories–recognized public, private, and home schools are eligible to participate. Schools, including home schools, must be in compliance with federal and state civil rights and nondiscrimination statutes. Students must work individually.

Criteria for Art & Description
Each entry must be composed of a piece of artwork and a description (on entry form). All must meet the requirements outlined on the NOAA Marine Debris Program Annual Art Contest Entry Form. Students are highly encouraged to check out the rest of the NOAA Marine Debris Program's website for information about marine debris.

Entries (entry form and artwork) should be mailed to:

Marine Debris Art Contest
NOAA Marine Debris Program
1305 East-West Highway
SSMC4, 10th Floor
Silver Spring, MD 20910

Please note that entries will not be returned. If you have any questions, please email

This Year's Art Contest Winners
Congratulations to our annual NOAA Marine Debris Program Art Contest winners! 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