2020 Theme: We Are Ocean
The ocean is beautiful. Astonishing animals, wondrous underwater worlds, light, color, sound. And it’s right here on our doorstep: the misty, cold Salish Sea (Puget Sound).
But the ocean is also threatened. By 2050, there will be more plastic in the ocean than fish. Chemicals pollute and destroy. Climate change, fed by fossil fuels, heats and acidifies, killing kelp and coral. Orcas, salmon, sharks and other species are endangered.
Why should we care? Every other breath is made by the ocean. We need it for water, weather, food, life. We are all part of the same ecosystem.
We are ocean.
Tell your ocean story in poetry, film or graph for Tacoma Ocean Fest 2020.
Submissions open 12am Feb. 1 and close 11pm April 15, 2020.
Categories (apply in one, two or all):
– Poetry (500 words or less)
– Film (3 minutes or less)
– Graph (one or more graphs)
Divisions (only apply in one):
– High school
– Middle school
Middle and high school students who live in the Tacoma, WA school district or who attend Chief Leschi Schools are eligible to participate. (Includes private, public and homeschoolers.)
ALL VALID ENTRIES: Free personal pizza coupon from Round Table Pizza
ALL FINALISTS: Evening boat cruise with Sea Scouts/Youth Marine Center
PLUS: Reading/screening work live at Tacoma Ocean Fest on June 7, 2020
AND: Work published on tacomaoceanfest.org
PRIZE WINNERS will be announced live at Ocean Fest.
GRAND PRIZE (all categories): High school $150; middle school $100
PLUS: VIP pass to Tacoma Film Festival and 1-year youth membership to The Grand Cinema
SECOND PLACE (all categories): High school $100; middle school $50.
PLUS: 1-year youth membership to The Grand Cinema
THIRD PLACE (all categories): High school $50, middle school $30
PLUS: Two free tickets to The Grand Cinema
Rules & FAQ: Read them here
Story Resources: Free workshops, classes, events, links and more.
Past finalists and winners: poems, films, graphs.
With support from Rotary 8, Tacoma South Rotary, and Rotary Passport Club of Pierce County – thank you!