Annual NOAA Marine Debris Program Art Contest
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The NOAA Marine Debris Art Contest is now closed. In the meantime, check out this year's winners!


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
ATTN: Emma Tonge
NOAA Marine Debris Program
1305 East-West Highway
Rm #10203 SSMC4, 10th Floor
Silver Spring, MD 20910

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