Bringing the Ocean to Society
2 May 2019
The 2019 I LIVE BY THE SEA exhibition is waiting for you in Lisbon's riverfront!
Make sure you visit this fantastic collection of pictures taken by children and teenagers from all over the world.

Yes, we all live by the sea! That is the motto behind the worldwide photography and video contest that Today We Have has been setting-up in the last few years. Children and teenagers from all over the world have been asked to submit imagery that tell stories about their relation to the sea, no matter if they leave by the beach or in the highest peaks surrounding the sources of rivers that flow down to the ocean. Our ocean.

The 2019 I Live By The Sea exhibition was premiered today in the magnificent riverfront of the city of Lisbon. EurOcean, our Member IOPAN, and a number of local institutions (including the European Commission's Representation in Portugal, the Lisbon Municipality and Ciencia Viva) have joined efforts to bring to the public this collection of pictures assembled by Today We Have that will surely amaze you, perhaps inspire you, and sometimes worry you. It is no secret that our ocean faces multiple and complex challenges. I Live By the Sea shows us how the youngest among us – who will soon be involved, as professionals and citizens, in the solutions for such issues - perceive the current state of the seas and coasts around the planet.

Please have a look at the official video of the 2019 contest here. Below you can also find links to all the submitted films and stories:

Today’s inauguration counted with the participation of the European Commission Vice-President Jyrki Katainen, the Ambassadors of several countries in Portugal and many marine stakeholders whose political, commercial, industrial, educational or scientific activity is related to the sea. Mr. Katainen took the opportunity to strengthen the urgency in implementing the Circular Economy and the European Plastics Strategy and how such demanding initiatives need to be owned by the whole of society to succeed.

While the exhibition was inaugurated, a group of children were creating sculptures with marine debris collected in the last months along the Portuguese beaches. This is an initiative led by Skeleton Sea team, who have been creating fantastic art works with what we throw away and ends up in the beach. The participants were thrilled with the idea of turning trash into art and were surely inspired by the five meter octopus made of marine litter next to the I Live By The Sea exhibition.

The 2019 I Live By The Sea exhibition marks the start of EurOcean’s participation in this year’s European Maritime Day celebrations. In two weeks’ time, you will be able to visit our stand in the EMD venue and get to know more about what we and our Members do about information on marine science and technology in Europe.

The 2019 I Live By The Sea will stay in Praça Europa – owned by the Port of Lisbon and used by EMSA and EMCDDA, to whom we thank for hosting the exhibition – until 8 June 2019, the World Oceans Day.

Closer to the end of the year, Today We Have will launch the 2020 I Live By The Sea edition. Stay tuned and start passing the word around the children, teenagers, parents and educators around you. Maybe next year their pictures will be the ones exhibited.