Friday, April 15, 2016

16th International Children Contest Announcement for teachers and schools

A fun and exciting Art Contest for children 6 to 16 years old

We invite all primary school children from tropical and sub-tropical nations, and whose schools are located near mangroves, to create art telling us "why mangroves are important to my community and me?”

Selected winners will be published in the 2017 calendar to be distributed internationally to raise awareness of mangrove forest ecology. This creative contest aims to promote appreciation and awareness of mangrove forests, and to encourage and listen to creative voices of children living in mangrove areas.

Help us launch this program in your school by contacting science and art teachers in your area and encourage them to work together on this fun and innovative project.

What kind of art can be submitted? Any technique

Technique: Paint, color pencil, ink, collage, pastel, crayons, etc

Dimensions: Canvas, or paper, 45 cms x 30 cms. (18 in. x 12 in)
The Art Work should be in a format horizontal (long length across, the shorter length vertical), in order to fit on the calendar page. (We had received wonderful art work in a vertical format, but sadly were unable to use it. )

Artist Identification: On the back of each art work please write in English: the full name and age of the artist, the school name, address, city or town, country, and title of art work.

Age Limit: from 6-16 years old

Mailing instructions: The artwork has to be mailed in a small tube, such as the ones for mailing posters. Make sure the art is sent in certified or registered mail to MAP, PO Box 1854, Port Angeles, WA 98362-0279, USA.

How will entries be judged? 
Each school will hold its own exhibition and select 3 or more winners in art. Winning entries will be collected in each country by a participating NGO and then mailed to MAP's office to be judged by a team of artists.

What are the prizes
-1st Place will receive a certificate + 2 calendar and the recognition of being published in an International calendar with global distribution.
 -2 nd Place                                          1 calendar
 -3 rd Place                                         1 calendar
 Participating Winning School will receive 2 Calendars
 Participating NGOs will receive 4 Calendars.

When is the deadline?
Please, we must receive the artwork in MAP's office by August 1 2016.

Mailed to: MAP, PO Box 1854, Port Angeles, WA  98362-0279, USA
Please mail in a tube or flat in a box, but not folded!
Who do I contact?
Please let us know if your school and/or NGO plans to participate by contacting:
Monica Gutierrez-Quarto,
Calendar Project Coordinator
c/o Mangrove Action Project
PO Box 1854
Port Angeles, WA 98362-0279, USA
tel.  (360) 452-5866
e-mail:  and

All entries selected at the national level should be submitted to the same address.

Your local NGO contact is: (Please fill this in.)


Some suggested Field Trip and Classroom Lessons

It is suggested that this contest could coincide with an Associated Mangrove Ecology Educational Project with the children. This lesson will highlight the importance of mangrove forests for the environment, for their community, for fishermen and/or for the associated mangrove forest fauna. The intent of this educational project is to help the participating children better comprehend the important role mangroves play in their lives and for their communities.

 1- Information and guidance in the classroom, aided by text books, mangrove curriculum, slides and videos.

 2.- Eco-Study Field trips for firsthand observation with  the teacher and/ or a local resource person, where they can observe the myriad forms of life that inhabit the mangroves, such as the many colored  birds, fish, crabs, mollusks, reptiles, mammals, and insects, while also learning about the unique characteristics of the associated mangrove plants and trees.

 3.- During, or after, the field trips, the children can  hold interviews with their parents or local fishermen about the mangroves in their region, learning more about the history of the area's mangrove forest, as well as why they are important and what the problems are when the mangroves are lost.

 4 - As a result of this research, the children may wish to create artwork for the 2015 calendar art competition.

Yours sincerely,

Monica Alicia Paz Gutierrez-Quarto,
Calendar Project Coordinator
Mangrove Action Project

Alfredo Quarto, Executive Director
Mangrove Action Project
PO Box 1854
Port Angeles, WA 98362-0279
phone/ fax  (360) 452-5866
web site:

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