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Connecting Canadians with the Coast: A Visual Journey – Art Contest!

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What does the Canadian coast mean to you? Artists in Grades 4-12 are invited to submit their work at the link below. To submit on behalf of a group email

Canada enjoys the longest coastline in the world. It is a crucial part of our economy and our culture –  and is home to a wide range of wildlife, including more than 38 million Canadians. How we connect with our coastlines – from along the ocean, to our great lakes, or to the mighty St. Lawrence – shapes many aspects of life in this country. 

To celebrate this connection, Coastal Zone Canada Association (CZCA) and Ocean Wise are inviting emerging artists in Grades 4 – 12 to submit their work showcasing what the coast means to them. This artwork will be prominently displayed at the CZC conference being held in Victoria, B.C. on June 11-15, 2023 to enrich the experience of conference participants. 

All accepted submissions will be displayed on a contest webpage at as well as on-site during the CZCA conference in Victoria. 

Submissions will be judged by panel on June 1 and winners notified via email by June 5. The top 10 selections will be highlighted at the conference and the top 5 selections will win prizes (see below).


First place: The first place submission will win a Landyatchz longboard.

Second and Third place: Second and third place submissions will each win an Ocean Networks Canada hoodie.

Top classroom submission: The top classroom submission will win a free Ocean Wise Virtual Program on the topic of their choosing for their classroom.

Submission Guidelines

1) Artists are invited to submit an original piece of artwork including a title and description. The artwork can be new or past work that lends itself to the theme.

2)  Artists can upload a still image (JPG or PNG) of their work at the link below. The work can be developed in any medium but must be captured and submitted digitally. Video content will not be accepted. 

3) Artists are asked to represent their connection with the coast in whatever form it takes for them, be it social, physical, spiritual, cultural…or something else altogether. Maybe it’s a photograph of a cherished pier, a representation of the emotions brought on by an ocean sunrise, or a drawing of shoreline teeming with life, or a sculpture depicting a treasured coastline memory. 

4) A panel will review the submissions. Artwork will be judged on technical skill, creativity, and adherence to the theme.

5) Works will be disqualified for including:

  • Profanity, nudity, graphic imagery, drug use, copyrighted material or anything that wouldn’t make it into a PG13 movie. 
  • Anything inflammatory/discriminatory toward marginalized groups. 
  • AI-generated artworks should not be submitted.

6) Eligibility: Artists must be Canadian residents in Grades 4-12.

How to Submit

If you are submitting on behalf of a group (ex. teachers submitting for their class)

To submit multiple entries to represent a group please email entries to Entries should be attached in a zipped file or linked to (ex. in a Dropbox or Google Drive link). Teachers may also include a document including a short description of each piece of art. Files should be named with the following format including the student’s name: FirstName_LastName_SubmissionTitle (ex. Bob_Smith_CoastalSunrise).

For questions or to receive application support please reach out to

If you are submitting as an individual

To submit as an individual artist please use the following form: Submit your application HERE

Contest Submission Deadline: May 26th @ 5:00pm pacific

You are encouraged to share images in advance of the contest end date on Instagram, please tag @OceanWise with the hashtag #connectiontothecoast.

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