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MDMR Seeks Entries for 2013 Marine Calendar Art Contest

BILOXI, Miss. - In an effort to generate an interest in our coastal resources and to promote the awareness of their value, the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources (MDMR) is holding its 12th annual student art contest for third- through sixth-graders in Hancock, Harrison and Jackson counties. The contest kicked off Sept. 3 and the Oct. 15 entry deadline is quickly approaching. The MDMR would like to encourage all third- through sixth-grade students to participate. The winning entries will be featured in the MDMR's 2013 Marine Information Calendar and the original artwork will be on public display.

Please note that ALL third- through sixth-grade students are eligible to participate, including students who are home schooled.

The theme of the contest is "Preserving and Enjoying Mississippi's Coastal Resources." Students may choose from among the following topics to be included in the calendar:

•    January: Estuaries/Wetland Habitats (pitcher plant bogs, pine savannas, Great Blue Herons, Snowy Egrets, etc.)

•    February: Marinas, boats docked in harbor (sailboats, sportfishing boats, etc.)

•    March: Saltwater fishing/deep sea fishing, SHARKS!

•    April: Boat and Water Safety (people boating or on Jet Skis wearing lifejackets)

•    May: People fishing / floundering near Deer Island or enjoying the island recreationally

•    June: Shrimp boats, Blessing of the Fleet, shrimp in general

•    July: Reeling in a record-breaking saltwater fish (Red Snapper, Cobia, shark, etc.), offshore artificial reefs

•    August: Blue Crabs, crabbing with drop nets

•    September: Kids fishing off piers, wade fishing, or cast netting

•    October:  Mississippi Coastal Cleanup (people cleaning beaches or wildlife entangled in debris such as birds in fishing line, sea turtles and six-pack ring)

•    November: Schooners, oyster tongers, oysters in general

•    December: Mississippi Gulf Coast National Heritage Area (Coast landmarks such as Biloxi Lighthouse, Fort Massachusetts on Ship Island or the landing of D'Iberville)

Entry size is 8 ½ x 11 horizontal on paper. Any medium may be used (e.g. pen and ink, colored pencil, acrylics, charcoal, pastels, collage, water color, etc.) Please include on the BACK of the artwork, the month selected, artist’s name (spelled correctly and legibly), age, grade, and school name (if applicable). MDMR may request you send a photo of the student for news releases if your student’s artwork is selected.

Teachers should submit all student entries in one package to the Mississippi Department of Marine Resources, c/o Public Affairs, 1141 Bayview Ave., Biloxi, MS 39530. Include teacher's name, phone number and e-mail address in package. For more information about the contest, contact Trinity Ryals at (228) 523-4138 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. .  All entries become property of the MDMR and will not be returned.
 
The deadline for entries is 5 p.m. Monday, Oct. 15, 2012. Thanks for participating!

The Mississippi Department of Marine Resources is dedicated to enhancing, protecting and conserving marine interests of the State by managing all marine life, public trust wetlands, adjacent uplands and waterfront areas to provide for the optimal commercial, recreational, educational and economic uses of these resources consistent with environmental concerns and social changes. Visit the DMR online at www.dmr.ms.gov.

PHOTO CREDIT: Photo Courtesy of Mississippi Department of Marine Resources

Photo cutline: Artwork by Abby Brandenstein, Age 9, Cherokee Elementary School featured from the 2012 MDMR Marine Information Calendar.  Deadline to submit entries for the 2013 calendar is October 15, 2012.  


Contact: Trinity Ryals
Phone: (228) 523-4138

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