The California Coastal Commission holds contests throughout the year to encourage the public to consider,
visit, and care for the coast.
- The Coastal Art & Poetry Contest is open to all
California students in kindergarten through 12th grade, and is a chance for students to explore
coastal themes and present them creatively. By encouraging youth to reflect on the beauty and spirit
of California's beaches and ocean, we hope to inspire a greater sense of stewardship for these natural places.
The contest deadline comes at the end of January.
- The Amateur Photography Contest seeks photographs that
depict the coast and its myriad landscapes, resources and uses. Entrants are encouraged to submit
photos in the following categories: the scenic coast, ways people use the coast, and coastal wildlife.
Photographs that document coastal resources protected by Coastal Commission action, including public
beaches or public accessways to beaches, agricultural land, or wetlands are especially encouraged. Entry
deadline comes in the summer.
- The Climate Video Challenge for
middle and high school students asks individuals or small teams to create short videos answering the
question, "How is your community responding to the climate crisis?" Videos are due at the end of May.
Art: By the Ocean
Terrance Wang, Grade 7, 2008 Coastal Art & Poetry Contest