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Young participants from eight countries striving for Mundus maris Awards

This year, 59 young people submitted their individual or group works to participate in the contest for Mundus maris Awards as part of the 2016 celebrations of World Oceans Day.

Fifty seven youngsters contributed texts in four languages (English, French, Italian and Spanish) or drawings responding to the two challenges tailored to this year's UN motto "Healthy Ocean, Healthy Planet":

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

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

For each of the two challenges, three age categories were distinguished: up to 12 years, 13 to 18 years and 19 to 24 years.

There were submissions in each of the six categories.

Two young people sent in three video clips trying their luck for the Special Prize of the Jury.

Together they came from eight countries: Argentina, Cameroon, Gambia, Italy, Kenya, Nigeria, Philippines and Senegal.

All participants will receive their honorary diplomas in time for World Oceans Day. The best entries will be published on the website.

The juries will assess each submission and form a consensus about its final vote. The juries are keen to recognise those entries considered in the first tier and hopes to motivate all participants to keep learning about the ocean, improving their story-telling capabilities and become active stewards for healthy oceans and a healthy planet for healthy people as well.