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Long Island Local Artists – Answer Your Calling!

The opportunity to have your art mural design prominently displayed on the exterior of the Long Island Aquarium building and/or on the interior the New York Marine Rescue Center is here – simply read the rules, fill out a submission form and enter for your chance to be a Local Artist Superstar!

The submission deadline has now passed! Thank you to all of our submitting artists!

Vote For Your Favorite!

“Blue World”
Gary Solorzano

From the artist:

Open ocean scenery with two large humpback whales swimming peacefully while other marine animals (dolphins, sea turtles, sea lions, and fish) circle around them. NY Marine Rescue Center logo in the center. 

“Marine Mammals and Turtles of Long Island”
Jeanne Santomauro Schnupp

From the artist:

Displaying some of the many types of Marine Life that are lucky to have the help of the help of the NY MARINE RESCUE CENTER. Preserving their existence in our beautiful marine habits for generations to come.

“A New Day”
Samantha VonEiff

To represent what the NY Marine Rescue Center stands for (and myself also), conservation and protection of the marine environment, I decided to paint a sea turtle heading back towards the water after rehabilitation. The medium is acrylic paint, and the size of the physical work is 18″ x 24.” There’s a Long Island sunrise filled with light pastels on the horizon to represent a warm, bright new day for the rescued animals and their second chance at life after their release. I chose a Loggerhead sea turtle as they are most common on Long Island and they also have beautiful coloring. As someone who also lives on the east end, it’s interesting knowing they are right around us, while most of us are completely unaware.

“A New Beginning”
Drew O’Connor

From the artist:

This painting shows the release of a rehabilitated sea turtle to its home in the ocean. Capturing this moment within a painting shows just how important the work of the NYMRC is because of how many animals get a second chance at life.

General Information

This is a local competition and artists from throughout Long Island are sought for this completion and art exhibit.  Visual art mediums are limited to paintings and drawings and digital wrap (no sculptures, photography, collage, metal work, glass work, or video and sound art).  Artwork should incorporate a marine life, environment and/or conservation theme that is in line with the NYMRC mission statement. However, all exhibits must incorporate the “NYMRC” logo.  Please keep in mind that nudity, explicit content, and profanity are not appropriate for this particular contest.

Keep in mind that the artwork will be facing a busy street or in the NYMRC Rescue Center and will be enjoyed by children and families.

The contest begins 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) on May 1, 2022 and ends 11:59 p.m. ET on June 30, 2022 (“Contest Period”).  All submissions must be received no later than 11:59 p.m., ET, on June 30, 2022.

See official rules below for complete competition details, including guidelines, eligibility requirements, full entry process, judging criteria, and awards information.



Submission Deadline

The New York Marine Rescue Center (“NYMRC”) is proud to announce its Local Artist Talent Search, Artist members from the Long Island community and surrounding areas are invited to showcase their talents and submit their work to a panel of local judges.  We anticipate a broad and enthusiastic response to this event, featuring many talented artists from our area.  The contest begins 12:00 a.m. Eastern Time (“ET”) on May 1, 2022, and ends 11:59 p.m. ET on June 30, 2022. (“Contest Period”).





The competition consists of the following stages:

Stage 1:  Enter via the online form.  Deadline is June 30, 2022.

Stage 2:  Jult1 – July 15 , 2022:  Jury convenes and selects up to 10 shortlisted artworks

Stage 3:  July 16 – July 31, 2022:  10 artworks are up to public vote on public online platform.  Shortlisted artworks are shared along with artist’s statement. 

Stage 4:  Three (3) winning artwork are announced at our Annual Oceans of Hope Gala at the Long Island Aquarium on August 19, 2022.

Upon completion of the building(s), a Mural Size reproduction of the artwork shall be displayed prominently on the interior and exterior of the building for the public’s viewing pleasure as determined by NYMRC.



The Show is open to any  artist from New York.  Art must be original, created by the person who enters that work or a representative of the artist, provided they have the permission of the artist.  Each artist may submit 1 piece of art electronically for consideration.  Employees of the NYMRC, its respective subsidiaries, divisions, affiliates, suppliers, distributors, and advertising, promotional and judging agencies (collectively the “Sponsor” or “Contest Entities”) and their immediate family members (spouses, parents, children, and siblings and their spouses) and household members of each (whether related or not), are not eligible to participate or win.  Void where prohibited by law.  All federal, state, and local laws and regulations apply.

Eligibility to enter or win the Contest is not tied to the purchase or solicitation of any insurance products or the purchase or solicitation of any products sold by the Sponsor.


Entry Process

Complete a Registration Form on the NYMRC contest page for the art work to be submitted (limit 1 piece of art per artist).  Attach your jpegs of your artwork with your Registration form.  Be sure to include your complete contact information, along with a brief description and title of the work(s).  After registering online, you will receive a response confirming that your application was received.  Please note that if you do not receive a written confirmation that your application was successfully submitted, you have not entered and your artwork will not be considered.

All Entries submitted become the property of Sponsor upon submission and will not be returned.  Each entrant (or parent/legal guardian for any entrant deemed a minor in his/her state of residence) grants to Sponsor a worldwide, royalty-free, perpetual, non-exclusive right and license to copy, distribute, and display each submitted Entry, in any media, and with right to use, copy, modify, edit, and create derivative works thereafter, and agrees to execute documents confirming such right and license (as further defined below) at Sponsor’s request.  Entry must be uploaded in accordance with the specifications set forth in these Official Rules and at the Website.  Any Entry deemed inappropriate or unsuitable, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, will be disqualified.  By entering, you (or your parent/legal guardian if you are deemed a minor in your state of residence) understand that your Entry may be posted online, in Sponsor’s sole discretion.


Submission of Images
  • Artwork images should be referenced in your your Registration Form and labeled as:  First Name, Last Name, Title of Art.jpg.
  • Artwork submission should be emailed to with the subject line: Mural Contest Submission, First Name, Last Name, Title of Art.jpg.
  • All artworks must contain and/or incorporate the “NYMRC” logo in the work. 
  • Image size must be at least 768 pixels on the longest side (but no larger than 1200 pixels) and no more than 96 dpi, in jpeg format.
  • Only the artwork should be visible, and the image should be clear and in focus.
  • Please crop out any background in the image.  The image will be judged the same way it is received.
  • Only one image of each artwork is to be attached.

      The Entry must not contain any content that infringes or may infringe third party rights, including, without limitation, any copyright, name, trademark, logo, trade dress, or other personal or proprietary right of any person living or deceased (including but not limited to rights of privacy or publicity or portrayal in a false light) or entity or make reference to any commercial/corporate advertising (including but not limited to corporate logos, brand names, charities, slogans, political, or religious statements), or be otherwise objectionable.  Without limiting the generality of the foregoing, publicly displayed and publicly accessible Sponsor content, materials, or products are permitted to be displayed in entries submitted for this Contest.

      The Entry must not include any representation of celebrities, athletes, musicians, or any other third-party (public or private), including any anti-social, political or religious groups, any commercial solicitation or promotional materials or name, address, phone number, or URL address.  Entries must not contain advertisements, personal solicitations or commercial solicitations.

      Entries should not contain any third-party materials (other than the NYMRC’s logo), or otherwise violate or infringe (or possibly infringe) any copyright, trademark, logo, or mark that identifies a brand.

      NYMRC Logo

      Other Terms and Conditions


      Entrant must be the owner of the submitted artwork and the work submitted must be of entrant’s own origination.  Entrant must hold all moral and intellectual property rights in the submitted artwork.  The entrant warrants (guarantees) to Sponsor that they own all the copyrights to their submitted artwork, that the image is original and does not infringe the rights of any other party.  The entrant agrees to indemnify and hold Sponsor and Sponsor’s officers, directors, employees and agents harmless from all claims, demands, actions, suits, proceedings, judgments, awards, losses, liabilities, costs and expenses (including but not limited to any legal costs or reasonable expenses properly incurred and any compensation, costs and disbursements paid by Sponsor on the advice of Sponsor’s legal advisors to compromise or settle any claim (arising form or in any way related to the mural competition and/or this agreement.


      Once registered for this competition, all entrants agree that we, Sponsor, may reproduce the winner’s work for purposes of marketing, promotion, discussion and education, in media including catalogues and publications, posters, postcards, mugs, t-shirts, hats, websites and social media and on television, and my license, under these conditions to others only for the same purposes.  Sponsor also reserves the right to reproduce selected images for non-commercial purposes, for example in the winner’s page of the website and catalogues, indefinitely, as a public record.

      For any artwork submitted to the competition, entrant is not restricted in selling it, exhibiting it or any similar activity.  But we ask you that you notify us if it is sold or changes ownership, or changes in any way.

      The Entry must not contain viruses, Trojan horses, worms, bots, spyware or any other computer code that is intended to damage, interfere with, or surreptitiously intercept or expropriate any system, data or information.


      The following evaluation criteria will be used for judging the artwork:  creativity, originality and quality of art, overall design, demonstration of artistic ability, and usage of medium.

      Decisions of Sponsor/Administrator/judges are final with respect to all matters relating to the Contest.


      There shall be three (3) winners.  The winning artists shall have their art prominently displayed on the interior and exterior of the Long Island Aquarium located with the Township of Riverhead, New York or within the rescue center of the NYMRC at the discretion of the NYMRC.  All accepted works will be displayed with the artist name, and title of work. All supplies and materials will be provided by the NYMRC to the winners.

      The potential winner (or parent/legal guardian if a potential Grand Prize winner is considered a minor in his/her state of residence) will be contacted via phone and/or email/email link and will be required to sign and return via email/email link, a Declaration of Eligibility, liability/publicity release (where permitted by law) and assignment of rights within 96 hours of notification attempt or that winner will be forfeited and an alternate winner may be determined, time permitting.

      Sponsor and Administrator reserve the right to conduct a background check on the potential winner prior to confirming the official winner.  The Sponsor reserves the right in its sole discretion to disqualify a potential winner based on the results of such background check, if Sponsor determines that winner might reflect negatively on Sponsor.  Factors that may result in disqualification for the potential winner include, without limitation, a potential winner having been convicted of a felony, being delinquent on a government ordered payment, such as child support, spousal support, alimony, or tax payments.  Winner’s social media accounts must also be aligned with Sponsor’s image and not deemed offensive, in their sole discretion, or winner may be disqualified.


      All entrants agree that any image they submit to the contest can be used for marketing and promotional purposes by the NYMRC.  This use may include, but is not limited to, publication in any printed materials, advertisements, electronic media, website and/or social media outlet.  Any image used will include credit line of the artist.  The artist shall retain all copyrights of any image they submit.  All submitted pieces are subject to alteration of size to comply with the requirements of the display.


      By entering the Contest, you [or parent/legal guardian if you are considered a minor in your state of residence (“minor”)] hereby grant the Contest Entities, their affiliates, subsidiaries, assigns, licensees, and legal representatives the unrestricted, absolute, perpetual, worldwide right (but not the obligation) and license to use, copy, modify, edit, create derivative works from, display, transmit, perform, distribute, publish, exhibit and otherwise use the submitted Entry, if applicable, in any and all media or form of communication, whether now existing or hereafter de eloped, including on Contest and Sponsor’s Websites/websites or those websites owned by Sponsor or anyone acting with Sponsor’s authority, all for the purpose of operating and publicizing the Contest without any fee or compensation (other than the Prize stated above).  Entrants (or parent/legal guardian for any minor entrants) waive any right to royalties or other compensation arising from or related to the Design usage and use of the Entries.  By entering, entrants (or parent/legal guardian for any minor entrants) acknowledge Sponsor’s right to crop, splice, treat and edit the Entries at its sole discretion and waive the right to inspect or approve the finished product, now and in the future, whether that use is known or unknown to entrant.  Sponsor reserves the right to discontinue the use of the Entries without notice to the entrant.  You (or parent/legal guardian if you are a minor) represent and warrant that:  (i) all rights to the Entry belong to you and does not and shall not infringe on any copyright or any other third party right nor violate any applicable law or regulation, (ii) you have the right to grant any and all necessary rights and licenses provided herein, including without limitation, all necessary copyright and other related rights to the Entry, free and clear of all claims and encumbrances, without violating the rights of any person or entity, including any right to privacy or publicity, (iii) you hereby hold the Sponsor harmless from and against any claim arising from use of the Entry and you waive any right to inspect or approve Design usage or uses of the Entry or to be compensated for any such uses.  Participating in the Contest constitutes permission to the Sponsor and their agencies to use entrant’s names, voice, likeness, age, city, state and/or image and Entry for purposes of advertising and trade without further compensation, unless prohibited by law.  By participating in the Contest, you (or parent/legal guardian if you are a minor) agree that the Contest Entities, their respective parent, subsidiaries, affiliated companies, agents, retailers, advertising and promotion agencies and all of their respective shareholders, officers, directors, employees and assigns, members, representatives and agents (collectively, the “Released Parties”), will have no liability whatsoever for, and will be held harmless by you for, any liability for any bodily injury, loss or damages of any kind to persons, including death, and property, due in whole or in part, directly or indirectly, from Entry creation, Design usage, the acceptance, possession, use or misuse of the prize, if applicable, or participation in this Contest or participation in any Contest related activity. You (or parent/legal guardian if you are a minor) hereby waive all rights and release each of the Released Parties from any claim or cause of action, whether now known or unknown, of any kind, including but not limited to defamation, invasion of right to privacy, publicity or personality or any similar matter, relating to the Contest, the operation thereof, or any Entry, or based upon or relating to the use and exploitation o the Entries as contemplated herein, or use in composite form, either intentionally or otherwise.  You (or parent/legal guardian if you are a minor) hereby represent and warrant that you have read these Official Rules and are fully familiar with its contents.

      You [or parent/legal guardian if you are considered a minor in your state of residence (“minor”)] hereby agree to indemnity, defend and hold harmless NYMRC and each of their respective direct or indirect, partners, members, affiliates, principals, directors, officers, stockholders, employees, contractors, licensees, servants, representatives and agents from and against any and all losses, liabilities, damages, costs and expenses (including, but not limited to, reasonable attorneys’ fees and disbursements as they are incurred), for any bodily injury (including death) or property damage caused by, arising out of, or happening, any act, failure to act, error or omission, negligence, breach of duty, willful misconduct or other fault, in connection with the Contest.