Patch Design Contest

Patch Design Collage 2021
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.

Win a prize pack of patches and stickers if your design is selected. The patch contest will open next in summer 2022.

The 2022 expedition patch design contest challenged students to create a design for the Corps of Explorationʻs expeditions in Central Pacific Ocean around Hawaiʻi, Baker and Howland Islands, Palmyra Atoll, and Papahānaumokuākea Marine National Monument using 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.
Ocean Exploration Trust

Check out the honorable mention selections from our latest contest!

Past Contest Winners & Official E/V Nautilus Expedition Patches

2021 - Elissa Ornelas

2020 - Amber Boothby
2019 - Mihaila Owen
2018 - Bella Miller
2017 - Sintayehu Shannon
2016 - Gustopher Miller
2015 - Wan Lok Yiu
2014 - Krisheree Shimamoto
2013 - Catherine Tadlock
2012 - Madeline Gates
2011 - Emma Tarpley

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