March 1, 2012
The Aquarium of the Pacific was among several aquariums to participate in a national ocean art contest held by Coastal America. The Coastal America Student Art Contest draws upon young people’s artistic expression to convey the importance of the ocean, coasts, and Great Lakes through the Seven Essential Principles of Ocean Sciences created by the Ocean Literacy Network. The purpose is to enhance public awareness of the importance of the ocean in the artists’ and viewers’ lives and to convey how personal actions affect the ocean.
Each student entry reflected at least one of the Seven Essential Principles of Ocean Literacy: 1. Earth has one big ocean with many features. 2. The ocean and life in the ocean shape the features of Earth. 3. The ocean is a major influence on weather and climate. 4. The ocean makes Earth habitable. 5. The ocean supports a great diversity of life and ecosystems. 6. The ocean and humans are inextricably linked. 7. The ocean is largely unexplored.
Coastal America is a partnership between federal, state, and local government agencies and members of Coastal America’s Learning Center Network. The partnership aims to protect, preserve, and restore the nation’s coastal and marine ecosystems.
As one of the Learning Centers in the network, the Aquarium hosted a regional contest for students representing five grade levels. Students were judged on the quality of their artwork and its connection with the ocean principle they selected as their theme. Over 260 entries were received for the Aquarium’s contest and were judged by Aquarium staff members. One winner from each grade category for original art and photography was selected and will move on to the national level of the competition. A panel of ocean experts will review the finalists and determine a first-place winner for each of the five age groups. National winners will be announced May 1. Winning artwork will be displayed in a public venue in Washington, D.C., and students will receive a paid trip to attend the awards ceremony.
The winners and honorable mentions for each category were:
Kindergarten - Second Grade: Art Winner: Pramuditha Sithumini Madigapola, first grade, My Big Ocean Art Honorable Mention: Maleena Zindadil, kindergarten, Shark!! Art Honorable Mention: Youngseo Song, second grade, Under the Ocean
Third - Fifth Grade: Art Winner: Toshiyuki Kamohara, third grade, Dreams in the Ocean Art Honorable Mention: Andrew Avila, fourth grade, Unknown World Art Honorable Mention: Reem Algazar, third grade, Friends in the Ocean
Sixth - Eighth Grade: Art Winner: Aleah Joy DenBoer, sixth grade, A Visit to the Kelp Forest Art Honorable Mention: Marjorie Thomas, eighth grade, Life Under the Sea Art Honorable Mention: Jessica Vazquez, eighth grade, My Blue Planet Photography Winner: Emily Gallo, seventh grade, Curiosity Photography Honorable Mention: Carmen Pacheco, seventh grade, The Miracle of the Ocean
Ninth - Twelfth Grade: Art Winner: Tiffany Kim, eleventh grade, Kiss of Life Art Honorable Mention: Vanessa Machuca, tenth grade, Heart of the Ocean Art Honorable Mention: Pauline Chen, eleventh grade, A Turtle’s Story
Full-Time College Students: Art Winner: Cali Sales, Untitled Art Honorable Mention: Erin Wong, End Shark Finning Art Honorable Mention: Edmund Liang, Shrimp Bycatch Photography Winner: Joyce Lee, Over Fished Photography Honorable Mention: Thomas Smith, More People Have Been to the Moon