Take a deep breath…
now take another.

Did you know our oceans are the life support system of the planet, supplying every second breath we take? No matter where you are in the world, from the highest mountain range to the deepest jungle the oceans are the lungs of Earth and we depend on them for survival. However, in the past 50 years, humans have dramatically turned the tides on oceans through destructive activity such as pollution, overfishing and climate change.

In line with our True to This and ARTivism philosophies, Volcom and PangeaSeed Foundation are teaming up to give you a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to harness your creativity and give our oceans a voice via art and activism.

If you’re a creative with a passion for the environment, we’re asking you to rise up for our oceans and put your talent to the test. Create and submit a piece of your original artwork to the “Sea of Change” ARTivism Contest that highlights one of the six pressing ocean issues outlined below.

Mural by Frank and Mimi

Ten lucky winners from around the world will have the awesome opportunity to have their work featured during PangeaSeed Foundation’s Sea of Change art print retrospective at the Volcom Garden gallery in Austin, Texas on May 19, 2018. The artworks will be displayed as a single print reproduction.

In addition, the ten winners will have their work featured on both Volcom and PangeaSeed Foundation social media channels with a global audience of over one million. And if that’s not enough, we are offering the lucky ten a cash prize of $200 USD plus a Volcom x PangeaSeed Foundation prize pack.

For the first time anywhere, PangeaSeed Foundation will be opening their artwork archives featuring a selection of over 100 art prints, created by some of today’s most renowned contemporary artists, for their groundbreaking “Sea of Change” print suite program. Each artwork in the “Sea of Change” series focuses on a specific threatened ocean species, vulnerable habitat or environmental issue. It is an artwork collection like nothing else in the world.

From the lucky ten, one artist, selected by people’s choice, will win the awesome opportunity to join the PangeaSeed Foundation family as an “Emerging ARTivist” during one of our upcoming Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans activations around the world in 2018!

Through the Sea Walls program, since 2014, we have created 300+ large-scale ocean-environmental public artworks in communities around the world. Sea Walls: Artists for Oceans is a trailblazing public art initiative like no other in existence. We believe that a drop of paint can create an ocean of change and by harnessing our collective creativity,, we can help save our seas!

You must be between 18 and 35 years old to participate in the Sea of Change contest.
Mediums: illustration, painting, printmaking, lettering, and photography
Size: max. 24×24 inches / 61×61 cm
The deadline to submit your artwork is on Thursday, April 19, 2018, at 11:59 PM PST.
E-mail a high-resolution JPEG file (300 dpi) of your artwork using https://wetransfer.com/ to artivism@pangeaseed.org and provide the following details in the message:

  • Full name
  • E-mail address
  • City and country of origin
  • Date of birth
  • Artwork title
  • Artwork medium
  • Dimensions (max. 24×24 inches/61×61 cm)
  • The issue you chose to address
  • Artist statement (max. 250 words) – this is your love letter to the save our oceans… make it a good one!
A selection panel consisting of PangeaSeed Foundation and Volcom team members will choose ten nominees.

The top ten winners will be notified via email Thursday, April 26, 2018, by 11:59 PM PST.

The individuals must reply within 24 hours of being selected or we will have to move on to a runner-up to ensure we meet project deadlines.

Following the selection of the top ten winners, we will invite our social media audiences to vote for the one lucky artist who will be given the opportunity to participate in a Sea Walls project.

By submitting your artwork to the Volcom x PangeaSeed Foundation ARTivism Contest, you are authorizing PangeaSeed Foundation (PSF) to feature your work of art worldwide, indefinitely, and without additional royalty payments in various ways including but not limited to:

  • On our website;
  • On our social media accounts;
  • Merchandise such as prints, posters, stickers, T-shirts, or any other products.

You certify that your submission is an original work of art by you and you currently own the rights to it. Copycats ain’t cool. You will maintain your right to use your art including reselling even after granting us the above rights.

Below, are some key facts and figures regarding six major issues affecting the health of our oceans.
We encourage you to dive deeper and to do your own research.

  • More than 3 billion people depend on the oceans for their primary source of protein.
  • Ocean fish populations have been cut in half since 1970.
  • The UN estimates that by 2048 the world’s fish stocks may become commercially extinct.
Plastic Pollution
  • By 2050, there will be more plastic than fish in the ocean (by weight).
  • At least 8 million tonnes of plastic leak into the ocean each year.
  • Every piece of plastic ever created still exists in some shape or form.
  • 95% of plastic in the ocean comes from land.
Coastal Development
  • Coastal areas are some of the most productive and biologically diverse on the planet.
  • 40% of the world’s population lives within 100km of the coast, taking a huge toll on marine ecosystems and species.
  • Coastal development Impacts include pollution, erosion, habitat destruction, and the creation of dead zones.
Warming Seas
  • Since 1955, over 90% of the excess heat trapped by greenhouse gases in the atmosphere has been stored in the oceans.
  • Ocean warming affects fish stocks and crop yields, and leads to more extreme weather events and increased risk from water-borne diseases, affecting humans directly.
Ocean Acidification
  • Since the beginning of the Industrial Revolution, the ocean has absorbed approx. one-third of the CO2 we have produced.
  • This has caused an increase of 30% in surface ocean acidity.
  • If current CO2 emissions continue at this rate, ocean acidity is expected to increase 100-150% percent more, relative to the beginning of the Industrial Revolution.
Biodiversity Loss
  • By 2100, more than half of the world’s marine species may stand on the brink of extinction.
  • 60% of the world’s major marine ecosystems have been degraded or are being used unsustainably.
  • There are now close to 500 dead zones covering more than 245,000 km² globally, that’s equivalent to the surface of the United Kingdom.