Harbor seal featured in "Discover Our Island Shores" video. Credit: Florian Graner
Art and Essay Contests

Art and Essay Contests

Orca Days Art Contest!

The MRC and Sound Water Stewards are partnering to host an art contest in celebration of Orca Recovery Day, and to bring awareness throughout the month of October to our role in orca recovery.

Participants of all ages from Grade 1 through adult are invited to participate in this contest! Artwork should depict orca recovery and/or the human connection with orcas. Artwork can be any style or medium that can be displayed on a website (e.g. painting, photograph, poem), so get creative!

A picture or scan of the artwork should be submitted to Allie Hudec at education@soundwaterstewards.org by Saturday, October 31st. For more details and contest rules, click here. We can't wait to see your artwork!


Previous Art and Essay Contests


2020 Design Your Own Salish Sea Creature - Art Contest

The MRC and Sound Water Stewards partnered to host an art contest this summer. Students were invited to submit original artwork depicting a Salish Sea animal of their own design and name their newly designed species.

Congratulations to our winners!

4th-5th Grade First Place - Amelia

"Fire Fish"
4th-5th Grade Runner-Up - Luna

6th-7th Grade First Place - Ellie

2020 Discover Our Island Shores - Art and Essay Contest

The MRC has been working with local schools to share the educational film "Discover Our Island Shores," produced and directed by Dr. Florian Graner. This film was developed specifically for Island County students, and features species and habitats found in our local waters.

In addition to sharing the film with local schools, the MRC and Sound Water Stewards hosted an art and essay contest for students in grades 2-7. Students were asked to depict a Salish Sea animal of their own design. In addition to the artwork, students were asked to answer these questions:

  1. What was your favorite part about the movie “Discover Our Island Shores?”
  2. What does your animal eat?
  3. Where does your animal live?
  4. How can you, in your daily life, help to protect your Salish Sea animal and others?

Congratulations to the 2020 Discover Our Island Shores Art and Essay Contest Winner, Inari!

2019 Discover Our Island Shores - Art Contest

In 2019, the MRC hosted an art contest. Students were asked to depict a marine plant or animal seen in the educational film "Discover Our Island Shores" and to answer the question "What will you do to make a positive impact on the Salish Sea?"

We received many beautiful and inspiring entries from local students! Below are the first place and runner-up entries in each grade category.

Grade 4 First Place - Riley

"There are many ways that I will try to make a positive impact on the Salish Sea. I will try to pick up trash that I see so that we don't have junk out in the ocean. My family and I really enjoy walking on the beach, and we see wrappers, bottles, cans, and plastic. Next time I go to the beach, I will bring a bag to pick up trash. I won't fish because then we will be killing all of those poor sea creatures! Animals are part of our ecosystem! They deserve to live!"

Grade 4 Runner-Up - MaKenna

"The positive impact I will make on the Salish Sea is to recycle more often. I hate to see animals with plastic stuck around their necks, and probably you too, so everyone needs to try harder at putting plastic, paper, and aluminum in the recycle bin. If I put recyclable things in the trash, most of it will be floating around in the Salish Sea. I also might use the appropriate food waste for compost. But mostly, recycling is what I will do to make a positive impact on the Salish Sea."

Grade 5 First Place - Jasmine

"Research has shown that resident orca whales are endangered because of changes in their habitat, including a decline in their food supply. I can't supply the whales with more fish, but I can help keep the Salish Sea clean by picking up litter. Perhaps with a cleaner environment, the seals and fish that make up the orcas' diet can thrive. I hope that the Salish Sea will be healthy and beautiful for many, many years to come."

Grade 5 Runner-Up - Caroline

"I will make a positive impact on the Salish Sea by recycling all of my plastic so that it doesn't end up in the Salish Sea."

Grade 6 First Place - Carlie

"To make a positive impact on the Salish Sea I will learn about it and use that information to make a positive impact on the Salish Sea. I will also make sure to recycle whenever possible and not litter. Also, if I find litter I will pick it up and dispose of it properly so it will not get into the water."

Art and Essay Contests