Your artwork could go on an ocean adventure aboard Exploration Vessel Nautilus! Every expedition season, Dr. Robert Ballard and members of the Corps of Exploration choose one drawing from a young artist 6-14 years old to be made into the official patch of the E/V Nautilus Expedition. Learn more about the Nautilus Expedition Patch Design Contest.
Patch designs fall under one or more of our exploration themes:
- Science: geology, marine biology, chemistry, or archaeology
- Technology: the ship Nautilus, our ROVs Hercules & Argus or the multibeam mapping sonar
- Exploration: 95% of the ocean remains unexplored.
Need a little exploration art inspiration? Check out some of our team's favorite designs from the 2017 Patch Design Contest!