High Seas Logo Contest



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District of Columbia
United States



Design the logo for the new Aspen High Seas Initiative – an innovative program that supports big ideas for ocean conservation.

Young people are at the center of this Initiative, which is working to create a generation of ocean caretakers who know that anywhere in the world, the oceans are connected to the air we breathe and the water we drink. The logo should reflect the vitality, spirit, and creativity of the next generation of ocean leaders!

Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs is the proud youth engagement development partner for this Initiative, and is hosting and sponsoring the logo design challenge.


Scientists estimate that 30-40% of the ocean needs to be fully protected in order to restore and maintain its health – and the health of human communities that rely on it. The “High Seas” – areas beyond national jurisdiction – cover 64% of the ocean surface and 43% of the surface of the Earth. Protection of these areas is a historic opportunity to restore and maintain the health of the entire ocean ecosystem and the future of our blue planet.

A program of The Aspen Institute, the new Aspen High Seas Initiative will support the big idea of making the High Seas a Global Marine Reserve and will build momentum for ocean conservation through scientific expeditions, public policy, technological innovation, youth engagement, and other creative campaigns.


Individuals ages 16-24 in the United States (U.S.), District of Columbia, and U.S. territories. 


The Grand Prize winner will receive a $500 cash prize and be invited to present their chosen logo at the Aspen High Seas Initiative launch event in Winter 2018 in Washington, D.C., with leaders in ocean conservation, science, and policy. The winner and runner-up participants will be recognized for their work and become official “Ocean Youth Network Ambassadors” of the Aspen High Seas Initiative.


The High Seas Logo Contest is sponsored by Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs – a Boston-based nonprofit that works to inspire the next generation of ocean caretakers through education and engagement with the arts, science, and advocacy. For the past 6 years, Bow Seat has run the international Ocean Awareness Student Contest, a program in which students explore human impacts on ocean health through visual art, writing, film, and music. Nearly 10,000 teenagers worldwide have participated, and more than $280,000 in scholarships have been awarded.

Bow Seat Ocean Awareness Programs believes in the value of purposeful partnerships to confront the threats facing our blue planet. Bow Seat is the proud youth engagement development partner of the Aspen High Seas Initiative, a project of The Aspen Institute. The Initiative’s youth programming will feature Bow Seat’s educational experience, a dynamic and creative approach to ocean literacy.

How To Apply


Instructions for how to get started – including complete submission requirements, official contest rules, and terms and conditions – can be found at the High Seas Logo Contest website.