Everyone’s a Winner with Seaweek 2015 Competitions

Everyone’s a Winner with Seaweek 2015 Competitions

NZAEE Seaweek is delighted to announce two new competitions for Seaweek 2015 with some fantastic prizes up for grabs during New Zealand’s annual, national week about the sea.
The theme for this year’s Seaweek, which runs from Saturday 28 February to Sunday 8 March 2015, is “Look beneath the surface – Papatai ō roto – Papatai ō raro.
The Seaweek theme is the inspiration for the idea behind both competitions. The first is a national poetry competition, where entrants are asked to write a Haiku (俳句 high-koo) 3-line poem inspired by the Seaweek 2015 theme and illustrate it with a photograph before posting both onto the Sea Week Facebook page using the hashtag #Seaweek2015haiku.
There are 3 categories:
Age 10 and under – 1st prize Young Ocean Explorers book & DVD
Age 11-16 – 1st prize Our Big Blue Backyard book
Age 17 up and adult – 1st prize Our Big Blue Backyard book
The competition judge will be widely published and performed Pacifica poet Doug Poole, who edits the Blackmail Press Poetry Journal and produced POLYNATION that headlined at literary festivals in Australia and New Zealand in 2008.
Prizes are sponsored by Natural History NZ (NHNZ) and Young Ocean Explorers.
The second competition is a “Seaweek Selfie” photographic challenge where entrants post a photograph of themselves being “Ultimate Young Ocean Explorers” and exploring what it means to “Look beneath the surface” during Seaweek 2015 onto the Sea Week Facebook page using the hashtag #Seaweek2015YOE.
The competition judges will be Young Ocean Explorers Steve Hathaway and his daughter Riley, and up for grabs is a swag of Young Ocean Explorers branded gear including mask and snorkel sets, t-shirts, umbrellas and the about-to-be launched Young Ocean Explorers book and DVD.
Full details for both competitions, which open for entries on Monday 23 February, can be found on the NZAEE Seaweek website at seaweek.org.nz along with a national events programme that has grown to around 150 events around the country.
Early voting in the Seaweek 2015 Ocean Champion competition has been intense and with two weeks still to go there’s no clear winner from the 17 nominees. Voting takes place on the Seaweek website at seaweek.org.nz and continues until 28 February. The winner will be awarded $500 donated by the New Zealand Coastal Society.
Seaweek 2015 is supported by ASB Community Trust, Department of Conservation, University of Otago NZ Marine Studies Centre, Auckland Council, DSP Print Group Ltd, New Zealand Coastal Society, Ministry for Primary Industries and many local sponsors.
Image thanks to Richard Robinson depth.co.nz
NZAEE Seaweek seaweek.org.nz
Blackmail Press blackmailpress.com
Young Ocean Explorers youngoceanexplorers.co.nz
New Zealand Coastal Society coastalsociety.org.nz
Haiku (俳句 high-koo) are short poems (3 lines long) that use sensory language to capture a feeling or image. They are often inspired by an element of nature, a moment of beauty or a poignant experience. Haiku poetry was originally developed by Japanese poets, and the form was adapted to English and other languages by poets in other countries.
Advice on how to write a Haiku poem can be found here:

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