Photo Credit: National Oceanography
Directorate, Ministry of Science,
Technology and Innovation- Malaysia


Hold an ocean art, writing, video or photography contest. Pick the winners on World Oceans Day and hold a ceremony where the winners can share or display their works with your community.

Looking for more audience participation? Sponsor a “paint-off” and invite participants to paint ocean-themed pictures in front of an audience. The best works (selected by the audience) can be showcased at your organization or a local zoo, aquarium, museum, library, or other public place. Be sure to use eco-friendly paint! Alternatively, create artwork from other materials, even trash! 

Sample Event: "One Water" Photo Competition

Photo Credit: Our World Is Blue

Exhibits & Galleries

Host a photo or art exhibit featuring ocean-themed works by local students or artists that express their connection to the ocean and their concern about ocean issues.

Invite professional ocean artists to display their work at your business or organization. The traveling Washed Ashore exhibit creates unique art displays out of plastic pollution to educate the public about the problem of marine debris.

Sample Event: Clean Ocean Fundraiser

Photo Credit: World Oceans Day Japan

Human Formations

Organize a piece of temporary art! Spread the word on social media and get a group of volunteers to make a large human formation in the shape of an ocean creature or inspiring conservation message. Invite the local media to photograph the formations or take photographs yourself and submit them to blogs and newspapers along with a story about World Oceans Day and ocean conservation. 

Photo Credit: Ocean Park Hong Kong


Create a mural in a public place in honor of the ocean. Get together a group of local artists and get permission to paint a public wall. The mural could include a few easy actions people could take to protect the ocean or a beautiful ocean scene. Instead of paint, also consider using other materials like glass for mosaics or even pieces of plastic! 

Sample Event: Arts and Cleanup at the Gorgona Island and Sanquianga National Parks, Colombia