Patch Design Contest

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Ocean Exploration Trust

Your artwork could go on an ocean adventure aboard Exploration Vessel Nautilus!

Students ages five to eighteen (5-18) can submit original artwork to be considered for the official Nautilus Expedition Season Patch and Sticker. The patch and sticker will be worn and displayed by members of the Corps of Exploration during our annual exploration cruises and represent the expedition season for the team.

The patch contest is closed for the 2023 season! Designs can be submitted either online or by mail. The winning submission will win a prize pack of patches and stickers of their design. 

In 2023, the Corps of Exploration will explore the Pacific Ocean from Hawaiʻi to the Pacific Remote Islands Marine National Monument including Palmyra Atoll and Johnston Atoll, from Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument north into British Columbia, Canada. Patch designs should be inspired by one or more of these themes: 

  • Exploration: Did you know 95% of the ocean still remains unexplored!?
  • Science: geology, marine biology, or chemistry
  • Technology: the ship Nautilus, ROVs Hercules, Argus, Little Hercules & Atalanta, or multibeam mapping sonar
  • Exploring all ocean depths from the shore to the abyss
  • Role modeling for careers in science, technology, engineering, math, the arts, and maritime fields with a diverse team of explorers.