Coral Reef Drawing Contest

Coral Reef Drawing Contest

Coral reefs are the most biodiverse places in our oceans, teeming with creatures of all kinds. They serve as physical homes for thousands of species of fish, waystations for great ocean wanderers and produce the most spectacular of all ocean displays with their firework-like mass spawnings! You’re on a journey down in a state of the art submersible to go explore one of these wondrous places and we want your imagination to run wild with all the possibilities of what you might see! 


1) Drawings are submitted on submersible window themed paper (see attached). Fill in the ‘window’ representing one of the portholes of your submarine with your image! 

2) Drawings should be of something that you could hypothetically find on a coral reef! Fish, crustaceans, sea snakes, sharks, even groups of scuba divers! Have fun with it and don’t be afraid to use LOTS of colour! Take a look at some coral reefs (especially in the Coral Triangle or Great Barrier Reef for inspiration. 

Contest End Date: November 30th @ 5:00pm eastern

Teachers can scan or take photos of their students’ drawings, sending them to and using the email heading ‘Coral Contest Submissions’. 

Teachers, please include your name, grade, school and location in the email. You might also choose to collect all the drawings in a Google folder, sending the link to us.

You’re welcome, and encouraged, to share images in advance of the contest end date on social media and linking us @ebtsoyp or our partners @oceanwise or @lecreefs 

All submissions will be displayed on a special contest padlet ( many will be featured on the social media pages of the participating partner organizations!

Winners will be announced on December 5th as we celebrate the #LoveNature campaign! Find the PDF you can print for your class in this folder:


Grand Prize: If your whole class sends in a picture, you’ll be entered in a draw for the grand prize. This will be:

A 24 x 18 poster of an astonishing coral reef image to be displayed in class!

Something special from the Outdoor Learning Store!

Prizes for Pictures (Kids K-4)

1st Prize: 2 coral reef 8 x 10 prints and Nat Geo Kids: Coral Reefs

2nd Prize: 2 coral reef 8 x 10 prints

3rd Prize: 2 coral reef 8 x 10 prints

Prizes for Pictures (Kids grades 5-8)

1st Prize: 2 coral reef 8 x 10 prints + Ocean: a Visual Encyclopedia

2nd Prize: 2 coral reef 8 x 10 prints

3rd Prize: 2 coral reef 8 x 10 prints

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