Year 3-4 winner Emily Busby and educational officer Chantelle Burns.
Year 3-4 winner Emily Busby and educational officer Chantelle Burns.

Kids get submerged in art

SHARKS, fish and all manner of marine life are the stars of artworks by primary school kids in a Coffs Coast Marine Art competition.

The competition was part of Seaweek celebrations and finalists will be showcased at Coffs Harbour City Library next week from April 18 to 21.

Solitary Islands Marine Parks community education officer Chantelle Burns said the Marine Parks Authority invited Coffs Coast primary school-aged children to enter their first annual Marine Art Competition.

“The three winners and a selection of finalists will be on show in an exhibition during the last week of the NSW School Holidays,” Ms Burns said.

Ms Burns said the competition was an exciting opportunity for students to get creative and develop a poster featuring marine creatures in their habitat.

“There are many talented young artists on the Coffs Coast with almost 400 entries from 12 schools,” she said.

“Most of the children drew very creative scenes depicting an underwater environment full of marine life.

“The students were asked to explain why protecting the marine environment is so important and the entries we received were very informed with most students explaining that protection for future generations is vital.

“They also highlighted the fact that some of the threats to our marine environment include destruction of habitat, pollution, marine debris and climate change.”



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