The Maritime Ocean Collection ArtSea Challenge

The ArtSea Challenge

Interested in sharing your passion for ocean conservation through art?

Students must choose one (1) of the local coral reef sites showcased in the Maritime Ocean Collection Gallery and interpret the image through drawing or painting.

About this Challenge

The Maritime Financial Group, in partnership with SpeSeas and Underwater Earth, has developed the Maritime Ocean Collection (MOC).

This is the first online library of photos and videos showing coral reefs all around Tobago. The collection is available for anyone, anywhere in the world to view and use for science and education.

It is our hope that this visual platform will be a powerful advocate for marine protection and conservation.

The MOC ArtSea Challenge intends to:

  • Inspire students and teachers to become more involved and interested in ocean conservation through art.
  • Promote public awareness of the Maritime Ocean Collection.


This art competition is open to all nationals of Trinidad and Tobago between 8-17 years old. Work will be judged in two (2) categories with 1st, 2nd and 3rd place prizes awarded for each:

  • 8 – 12 year olds
  • 13 – 17 year olds

How to Apply

Submission Guidelines

Contestants must submit a digital Entry Form with either a scan or photograph of the artwork.

All mandatory fields on the Entry Form must be filled out in order for your artwork to be considered eligible for the competition.

Uploaded artwork should be titled as: “ParticipantLastnameFirstname_ArtChallenge_Date.”

File size must be under 20mb. JPGs, GIFs, PNGs and PDFs accepted.


The deadline to apply for the MOC ArtSea Challenge is 30th November, 2020. All submissions must be received by this date to be considered.

Enter Your Submission

The submission period has ended.



Winners of the MOC ArtSea Challenge will be publicly announced the week of 14th December, 2020.

Prizes to be awarded to the contest winners in each category are as follows:
1st Place: $3,000
2nd Place: $2,000
3rd Place: $1,000

People’s Choice Winner

People’s Choice $500


  1. All artwork must be the original work of the contestant.
  2. The artwork must be 2D such as a painting or drawing. Acceptable media include: paint, marker, crayon, oil pastel and coloured pencils.
  3. Entries should correspond to the recommended sizes: 14” x 17”/18” or 10” x 14.”
  4. All submissions must be made by an individual artist. Group submissions are not permitted .
  5. Participants’ artwork must be based on one of the sites found on the Maritime Ocean Collection. Site location must be clearly identified.
  6. Participants may submit only one (1) art piece.
  7. Fill out all required information on the Entry Form (online only), including a photograph or scan of the original artwork.
  8. Participants that make it to the final round will be required to submit the original artwork to any Maritime Financial location. Note: posters should be submitted flat, do not roll into a tube.
  9. The Maritime Ocean Collection reserves the right to disqualify artwork deemed offensive.
  10. Entries that do not comply with all of the contest rules will be disqualified.


Winners will be selected by an equal weighting of scores from a panel of judges and Social Media votes.

The panel of judges will comprise artists, educators and scientists. All artwork will be evaluated on the quality of the artwork, creativity and adherence to the theme.

The artwork pieces must meet all the requirements indicated above to be evaluated by the judges.

The semi-finalists’ art pieces will be photographed and posted on our Social Media pages, where students and teachers will be encouraged to share submissions with friends and family.

The Finals will be judged through a combination of Social Media likes, which will account for 50% of the final score and the judges the other 50%.

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