Deadline extended to Aug. 25 for Seal Sitters Art and Story contest

West Seattle based marine mammal protection organization, Seal Sitters, as part of their Year of the Seal project, has extended their deadline to August 25 for their Art and Story contest open to children grades K-5, which is meant to encourage them to become involved in protecting marine mammals and help keep our waters free of trash.

All entries will be displayed at their “Harbor Seal Day” celebration and dedication on Sunday, September 8th from 1-4pm at the Alki Bathhouse as they dedicate a custom made sculpture "Sentinels of the Sound" created by noted Northwest artist Georgia Gerber.

Winners will be recognized at the event and prizes awarded. Selected entries will also be displayed on their websites.

Contest Rules
Kids are asked kids to imagine, through words and/or art media, the story of seal pup Spud (the name of our very first pup that came ashore in 2007), depicted in the sculpture with his mom (be on the lookout for the upcoming contest to name the mother seal). Ideas can include: Where did Spud and his mom travel from? What do they see swimming together? What adventures has Spud had along the way? Where does Spud sleep? Anything about seal pups that might spark a child’s imagination is perfect for this contest! Too young to write? While we look forward to seeing written entries in a kid’s handwriting, stories can be transcribed by an adult - we want everyone to be able to weave tales about Spud and his mom! For photos of the sculpture, click here.

Written stories will be judged by a panel of writers led by noted National Geographic author (and Seal Sitters co-founder) Brenda Peterson. The artwork will be judged by a panel of artists.

Entries for the contest must be received by August 25th. Please read the size limitations and other rules here. Drop off locations for entries are Alki Mail and Dispatch, Alki Arts (Alki beach location) and NW Art and Frame (4733 California Ave Sw). Thanks so much to these generous businesses for participating! Entries can also be mailed to: Seal Sitters, 4701 SW Admiral Way #224, Seattle, 98116. Email us if you have any questions.

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