Congratulations to the Ocean Transformer Winners!

The response from students around the country to our #OceanTransformer poster and message competition was incredible.

The fantastic plastic marine life created by Oonagh Herbert of Secret Life of Plastics helped capture the imagination of the public at our launch

Hundreds of entries were received and they showed that a passion and commitment for change in our world is strong.

Great entries

It was almost an impossible task to pick the winning entries such was the quality and imagination of the entrants.Amazing entries from all ages

Poster winner

Second year students Lucy, Moya and Sophie from the Presentation College, Headford in Galway won the #OceanTransformer poster competition.

Message winner

Third class student Ali from Mount Anville NS in Dublin claimed first prize for her class in the #OceanTransformer message competition.

Inspiring Change

Leading musician and environmentalist Sharon Shannon was so proud to see so many inspiring entries from across the country.

Sharon believes that children can influence shopping habits and waste management at home and help influence change in their schools and communities.

The Ocean Transformers who entered our competition are proving her right!

Brighter world

NUIG Science amabassador and Marine biologist Catherine Jordan was delighted at the response of young #OceanTransformers to the competition.

Catherine feels that the awareness and determination for a better world among young people can help turn the tide of pollution in the years ahead.

Emotion and Passion

Two of our judges artist Fiona Concannon and writer and publisher Marguerite Tonery were really impressed with the power, emotion, passion, creativity and vibrancy of the entries.

Fun day swimming

As a result of Lucy, Moya and Sophie’s creativity they have won a trip for 25 to Leisureland, Galway for an afternoon.

No doubt you will all enjoy its award winning pool followed by a round of Adventure golf.

Bay tour

Ali’s imaginative message has won her a class a land and sea tour of Galway city of Galway Bay with Galway Bay Boat Tours and Galway City Tours 

Food for all

Afterwards both groups will be treated to pizza at Supermac’s in Salthill.  The prizes are courtesy of our supporters in this environmental project Salthill Village

Local support

Salthill Village and Steeltech supported our idea to challenge the imaginations of students throughout Ireland. Our ocean and marine life are drowning and dying in a sea of plastic pollution.

The will and call to action to end this is growing with young people leading the fight.

Idealism in our world

With the #FridaysForFuture movement growing it is clear that young people have the power to make real change happen. This idealism can help make our world a better place to live for future generations.

National Aquarium

The winning entries and selected runners up will be displayed at the National Aquarium in Salthill, Galway as part of a plastics pollution #OceanTransformer exhibition.

Thousands of visitors will get to see the inspirational posters and messages in the coming months.

Showcasing work

Inspiring You will display a selection of messages and posters each Friday in support of the #FridaysForFuture movement. We will make contact with the “Highly Commended” students in the coming days.

A small gift will be sent as a gesture of appreciation for their dedication and contribution to inspire change in our oceans.

Sincere thanks

Thanks to all the staff, parents/guardians and students for helping us inspire a brighter tomorrow. We would love more ideas so feel free to email us and together we can inspire others.

Highly Commended

Highly Commended Poster entries:

“Everyone can guard a life” by 2nd year Science class Salerno Secondary School, Galway

“No Plastic is Fantastic” by  Cate and Anabel,  4th Class Kilcolgan ETNS, Co.Galway

“Get into motion to Save Our Ocean” by Ellie, Alana, Rachel, Anisha, Ellie  6th Class,Kilmacthomas NS, Co Waterford

“The Message is the Bottle” by Jeri St.Oliver Plunkett NS, Kilkerrin, Co.Galway

“The Earth and Sea should be Plastic Free” by  Leah 4th Class, Northampton NS, Kinvara, Co.Galway

Highly Commended Message entries:

“Here is a Mermaid” by Erin, Presentation College, Headford, Galway

“Timmy the Turtle” by 2nd year Science class, Salerno Secondary School, Galway

“Remember the 3 R’s” by Dea, Euan, Rebecca and Zac, Kilcolgan ETNS, Galway

“Dear Future Granddaughter” by  2nd year Science class, Salerno Secondary School, Galway

“Plastic is Bombastic” by Annabel, Murragh and Cate, Kilcolgan ETNS, Galway

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