Feature photo: Microplastics and larger marine-debris items are big problems. They can harm, even kill, marine life in the ocean. Compete in the Washed Up contest and help to eliminate this danger. You might even receive some recognition! / Photo courtesy Maia McGuire, UF/IFAS
The Washed Up: A Marine Debris Art Contest is being organized by the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Science’s Extension Sea Grant program in Northeast Florida in cooperation with the St. Augustine Amphitheatre’s Green Hands Program. The objective: to raise awareness, through artistic representations, about the prevalence of marine debris in coastal environments.
Ultimately, the hope is that these pieces of artwork will inspire people to make choices that reduce the amount of waste they generate.
This contest seeks artistic creations that use human-made marine-debris items that have been collected from Florida’s beaches and shorelines. The creation could be mosaics, sculptures, etc.; and they can be small or large.
Entrants will submit photographs of the artistic creations for judging. But the art pieces themselves must be able to be transported without falling apart, as winning entries will be relocated to be professionally photographed (potentially in coastal settings), and they might be exhibited in various locations by the organizers.
Entries (i.e., photographs) must be received by March 27, 2019.
For the downloadable entry form, visit https://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/media/sfylifasufledu/flagler/sea-grant/pdf-files/microplastics/Washed-Up-art-contest-entry-form-fillable.pdf.
Read and download the complete rules and regulations at https://sfyl.ifas.ufl.edu/media/sfylifasufledu/flagler/sea-grant/pdf-files/microplastics/Washed-Up-art-contest-rules-and-regulations.pdf.