Bringing the Ocean to Society
7 Mar 2019
It's time for you to show us your favourite sea photos and videos!
The 2019 I LIVE BY THE SEA International Youth Contest is on and you have until 18 March 2019 to submit your art works.

Yes, we all live by the sea!

No matter how far from the sea you live, next to the beach or far away in the mountains, you still have a great impact on it. And it is up to you whether you create a positive relationship with the sea or have adverse impact on it.

That is the motivation behind I LIVE BY THE SEA, an annual art contest in which the younger generations have a chance to impress and inspire the rest of our society towards the proctecion of the marine and coastal environments. The contest is organised by Today We have, a Polish company, in collaboration with a number of institutions including EurOcean and our Member IOPAN (see the bottom of this article).

We believe that educating people about the importance and the beauty of marine environments is the key to creating positive attitudes towards the sea.

The idea behind this project involves a worldwide contest for young persons up to the age of 21. The contest will be held in four age categories: 

  • 5 to 12
  • 13 to 15
  • 16 to 18
  • 19 to 21

In this edition of the Contest we expect from participants to use any type of visual arts to present a story of “their sea”. Therefore, we will have two categories:

  • Photo
  • Film

Participants, along with a short text, which will describe the story, may submit photos or short films. In the films we accept any form of artistic expression, from a documentary, to feature, or theatre play, through pantomime, dance or a song.

We will take into consideration not only the photo or a film but also a relevant description of a region, a special feature of the place, an explanation of the depicted problem, etc. This project is based on the previous experience of a “I Live By The Sea” contest co-organized by Today We Have in 2015-2017.

Just like in the previous edition, our goal is to spread and share knowledge about marine environments and marine protection issues, as well as the exchange of information among users of different seas and marine oriented regions.

Through their participation we hope to involve youth of different natural and cultural heritage to share their views on marine issues in a creative way. All works submitted will be reviewed by a panel of International Judges. Due to a variety of options for contestants the panel involves experts from a number of art and science areas.

Then, a maximum of 30 photos, films and stories will be presented as a part of the celebration of the European Maritime Day and the World Oceans Day in May and June 2019 in Lisbon.

Contest Timeline 

Submission of works (1 photo or 1 film plus text): 18 March 2019

Announcement of the results: 2 May 2018

Further information






I live by the Sea International Youth Contest 2018
I live by the Sea International Photo Youth Contest 2017