Mary Dvorsky, a Piscataway High School senior, won an Honorable Mention award and a $250 cash prize for her Art Category submission to the 2015 International Ocean Awareness Student Contest. As one of the selected winners from over 1,100 high-caliber submissions from 35 countries, Mary’s art will be featured in galleries and merchandise sent around the world.
This year, the contest prompted students to consider “Our Oceans, Our Plastic” to direct attention to the growing international problem of ocean plastic pollution. The contest challenges students to combine art, science, and environmental advocacy to give our oceans a voice.
Mary’s entry visually illustrates the impact of plastics in our oceans by transforming the anatomy of a sea turtle into a variety of plastic items while incorporating color to represent the deterioration of our oceans.