The Barnegat Bay is a special place and a favorite destination for both locals and visitors. Head down to the bay and chances are you will see someone enjoying activities like sailing, kayaking, paddleboarding, fishing, crabbing, and clamming. A healthy bay ecosystem depends on sustainable practices both on land and in the bay. A healthy bay and watershed (land area draining to the bay) are not only important ecologically but also economically, contributing over $4 billion each year to New Jerseys economy.
Recognizing that art can help inspire positive action for a sustainable Barnegat Bay, the Barnegat Bay Partnership sponsored a Barnegat Bay Art Contest as part of the 2016 and 2017 Ocean County Teen Arts Festivals. A panel of experts volunteered their time to help us select the winners from the many beautiful entries. Prizes were awarded for the contest entries that most creatively conveyed the contest theme.
Note: The contest is not being held in 2018 as the Barnegat Bay Partnership works to revise the Comprehensive Conservation and Management Plan for Barnegat Bay. Please check back in early 2019 for details about next year’s contest.
2017 Contest: “Wildlife of the Barnegat Bay”
The Barnegat Bay Art Contest returned in 2017 and was open to students who were participating in the 2017 Ocean County Teen Arts Festival. The theme of the 2017 contest was “Wildlife of the Barnegat Bay.” The bay and its watershed provide food, shelter, and nesting areas for an amazing diversity of fishes, shellfishes, migratory birds, and threatened and endangered species. Prizes were awarded to entries of visual art that inspire others to protect the bay’s resources and conserve wildlife.
2016 “Protect Our Bay – Protect Our Future” Art Contest Winners
First Place – Samantha Chandler (Lacey Township High School)
Second Place – Whitney Dyer (Jackson Liberty High School)
Third Place – Alexandra Acerra (Point Pleasant Borough High School)