HONOLULU - Entries for the Humpback Whale Month youth art, poetry and short story contests, sponsored by the Hawaiian Island Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, are being accepted.
The contest is open to students in grades kindergarten to 8th grade.
For artwork, the subjects could include humpback whales, scenes showing people taking care of the ocean or even a pretty ocean scene. Acceptable media are paint, pencil, markers, ink, crayon, chalk, acrylic or pastel, cloth and collage. Submissions should be no more than 11 by 17 inches and done on paper that will allow for duplication, display and framing. Do not mat, mount, laminate, frame or fold artwork and do not use notebook or typing paper.
The poems and short stories will follow the same themes as artwork and may be handwritten or typed. Poems should not exceed 20 lines and short stories, 200 words.
All art and written entries must be accompanied by the official Ocean Guardian Kids Club membership form.
Winning entries will receive certificates and have their works featured on the sanctuary Web site at hawaiihumpbackwhale.noaa.gov.
The deadline for entries is noon March 4.
Contest entries and membership forms may be sent to: Ocean Contest-Ocean Guard-ian Kids Club, Hawaiian Island Humpback Whale National Marine Sanctuary, 6600 Kalaniana'ole Highway, Suite 301, Honolulu 96825.