Win a Trip to Tahiti – Eco Art Contest

The ocean conservation organization 5 Gyres, with support from the shoe company Chaco, has sponsored an art contest called “Waves for Change.” The winner will join a 10-day 5 Gyres discovery voyage from Tahiti to the Cook Islands. Art submissions should convey the severe impact plastic has upon the world’s oceans.

The contest began January 3rd and ends March 28th of 2011. People who want to submit their media to enter the art contest can do so by photographing it first, and then uploading the photo or photos with an online form. The artwork can be in any media, including sculpture, photography, painting, handcraft, video and writing. Weekly winners will also be chosen, in addition to the grand prize winner.

The grand prize includes airfare from the U.S. to Tahiti, with a return flight from Rarotonga back to the United States. Accommodations and meals on the sailboat Sea Dragon are included. The retail value of the grand prize has been appraised at $5,750.

Rarotonga is one of most popular of the Cook Islands, and it is considered a very delightful tourist destination with tropical weather, clear water, large beaches, and relatively undeveloped tourist experiences.

The Sea Dragon is actually currently sailing the world’s oceans in order to help survey the amount of plastic trash. A recent blog entry from the vessel said, “What have we seen? Well, in every sample, some 41 already, we’ve found fragmented plastic particles over a 4,000 mile transect, every time. We’ve also watched bleach bottles, refrigerator trays, fish chewed plastic sheeting, buckets, bottle caps, water bottles, and countless other unrecognizable plastic trash. We’ve also collected fish samples to look at how plastic which concentrates persistent organic pollutants in the ambient sea water and biomagnifies up the food chain and ultimately may affect human health.”

Image Credit: Marcus Gleinig (Suwarrow)

Related Links
Plastic Plastic Everywhere: The 5 Gyres Project
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Robert O.
Robert O6 years ago

Thanks Jake.

Sandra C.
Sandra C6 years ago


Noreen kordis-Potts
Noreen k-Potts7 years ago

Unfortunately, I have seen a lot of plastic in the sea, scuba diving. Very sad indeed! I'm trying for Tahiti! ......never been able to get there.......Kind of a bad way to get there......Maybe I could get a shot to educate folks.........

jane richmond
jane richmond7 years ago

No talent here. Good luck

gerlinde p.
gerlinde p7 years ago

pity it`s only for americans

Novinha L.
.7 years ago

Thanks for the article!

Manuela C.
Manuela C7 years ago

Only USA? Not fair...

Sundeep Shah
Sundeep Shah7 years ago

beautiful place it is

Diane G.
Diane G7 years ago

Hopefully I can think of something cool to make!

Carol Fyfewilson

Is this contest for US residents only? How fair is that?!