Átl’ḵa7tsem / Howe Sound Art Challenge

Calling all students!

To celebrate World Oceans Day, students from K–12 are invited to submit artwork with the theme:

Revitalization: collective action for the ocean.

The ocean connects, sustains, and supports us all. Yet its health is at a tipping point and so is the well-being of all that depends on it. We need to work together to create a new balance with the ocean that restores its vibrancy and brings it new life.

We encourage students to be creative and to share what revitalization means to them within Átl’ḵa7tsem / Howe Sound’s precious watershed.


The winning artwork from each grade will receive a cash prize of $50, and will be featured in a special edition 2023 school-year calendar. Students will also receive a free copy of the published calendar (value $30).

Winners will be announced at World Oceans Day in Átl’ḵa7tsem / Howe Sound, on Wednesday 8th June 2022.

Launch the slideshow to see the inspiring art submissions from 2021.

Judge criteria

The winning artwork from each grade will be judged using the following criteria:

  • Does it fit the theme, Revitalization: collective action for the ocean?
  • Is it relevant to Átl’ḵa7tsem / Howe Sound wildlife or landscapes within the watershed?
  • Artistic talent, creativity, and originality.

Accepted Artwork Formats

Artwork can use any medium or combination of media (traditional or digital).

Artwork Dimensions: 11 inches wide by 8.5 inches high.
NOTE: Artwork can be larger or smaller, but winning entries will be cropped to these dimensions for publication in the calendar.

Artwork Resolution: a minimum of 3,400 x 2,600 pixels (.jpg .png)

Please keep the original artwork safe, as we may arrange for a photographer to capture a better quality image for winning entries.

How to prepare and submit student artwork

Lay the artwork flat or hang it on a neutral-coloured wall (white, grey, black).

Take a photo of the artwork with indirect light. Overcast days are best for natural light outside, or inside out of direct sunlight with plenty of indirect light. Avoid shadows.

Use photo editing software to crop or colour correct the artwork. Ensure the artwork resolution is a minimum of 3,400 x 2,600 pixels.

Artwork can also be scanned using a scanner. Ensure the artwork resolution is a minimum of 3,400 x 2,600 pixels.


Submissions must be uploaded by 9:00 pm Pacific Time, Sunday 15th May.

Multiple submissions are okay.

  • Upload your artwork (JPG, PNG)

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