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8 June, World Oceans Day

It is our pleasure to invite you to participate in the Mundus maris Awards contest for celebrating World Oceans Day 2016, on 8 June.

We invite original and creative written and audiovisual artistic pieces about the ocean. Stories and films are welcome from all over the world.

Deadline extended to 7 May 2016 at midnight Brussels time.


Challenge: Please tell a story answering one of the two questions creatively

  • Why is a healthy ocean needed for a healthy planet?

  • How can we care for the health of the ocean?

Format (maximum size):

Text: PDF, high quality JPG or Word format. (maximum 1000 words with or without images, maximum three DIN A4 pages)

Age: Three age groups are distinguished: up to 12 years, 13 to 18 years, 19 to 24 years.

Video: please, publish it in youtube and provide the link (maximum 4 minutes) (age up to 25 years)

Language: English, French, German, Italian or Spanish

Please submit your participation to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

How to participate?

Participants have to submit in the same e-mail the following data: given name and family name (spelled as in ID), age, nationality, postal address and contact e-mail.

Submissions can be individual or collective: specify the complete data of every participant of the team and mark team participation clearly.

For participants younger than 16 years, an adult has to authorise their participation (please provide the data of both).

Submissions have to be original and in harmony with World Ocean Day objectives. Any form of plagiarism will disqualify the work. Materials shared in the public domain can be used, but the source has to be adequately acknowledged.

An international jury will examine all entries for originality of idea and quality of execution. It will select the winners in each category (challenge, technique, age). The judgement of the jury is final.

The participation in the contest means the authorisation of Mundus maris and other sponsors to use and share the submitted works in the public domain with due recognition of the authors.

Deadline: Extended to Saturday, 7 May 2016, midnight Brussels time.


The jury will award three prizes per category based on creativity and general quality of text submissions:

  • Special Bluefin Tuna Prize - 300 Euro
  • Sea Lion Prize - 200 Euro 
  • Turtle Prize - 100 Euro.

The jury may also decide on additional prizes at its discretion to recognise other submissions.

  • Shark Prize - 50 Euro 
  • Samba and Kumba Encouragement Prize - 30 Euro.

Ocean Sustainability Prize of the Jury for the best video – 500 Euro.

The best entries will be published in an open-access e-book to inspire others to connect to the ocean.

Each participant will receive a personal “Honorary Diploma” by e-mail in recognition of the effort contributed to celebrating World Oceans Day 2016.

Inspirational text on the United Nations Motto for World Oceans Day 2016

The ocean is the heart of our planet. Like your heart pumping blood to every part of your body, the ocean connects people across the Earth, no matter where we live. The ocean regulates the climate, feeds millions of people every year, produces oxygen, is the home to an incredible array of wildlife, provides us with important medicines, and so much more!

In order to ensure the health and safety of our communities and future generations, it’s imperative that we take the responsibility to care for the ocean as it cares for us.

This year again, the theme of World Oceans Day is: Healthy oceans, healthy planet.

Unfortunately, human pressures, including overexploitation, illegal and destructive fishing, as well as unsustainable aquaculture practices, marine pollution, habitat destruction, introduction of alien species, climate change and ocean acidification are taking a significant toll on the world’s oceans and seas.

Why do we celebrate World Oceans Day?

  • To remind everyone of the major part the Ocean has in everyday life. The ocean is the lung of our planet, providing much of the oxygen we breathe.

  • To inform the public on the impact of human actions on the Ocean, including overfishing, pollution and climate change.

  • To develop a worldwide movement of citizen towards protecting the Ocean from such ills.

  • To mobilise and unite the people in all parts of the world around activities for the sustainable management of the Ocean as a major source of food and medicines and a critical part of the biosphere.

  • To celebrate together the beauty, the wealth and the promise of the Ocean.


The Mundus maris Awards 2016 are in collaboration with:

Click on the logo to connect to the partner's website.

Eco Ethics Kenya


Centre de Recherche sur les Technologies Intermédiaires de Pêche (CREDETIP), Dakar, Senegal



Belgique - België - Belgium



Antropoceno, Buenos Aires, Argentina

Aquarium public de Bruxelles, Belgium

Association pour l’Encadrement des Femmes et des Désœuvrés (ASEFED), Cameroon

Associazione Ricerca, Educazione, Scienza, Rome, Italy

Centre de Recherche sur les Technologies Intermédiaires de Pêche (CREDETIP), Dakar, Senegal

Eco Ethics Kenya, Mombasa, Kenya

FishBase Information and Research Group (FIN), Los Baños, Philippines

Formica Blu, Rome, Italy

International Ocean Institute, Singapore

Meeresbürger, Network, Germany

World Oceans Day Project, USA


Special events with an award ceremony for World Oceans Day:

The winners will be announced on World Oceans Day in several celebratory events in different cities around the world. Watch the Mundus maris website and social media to learn more about the special events.