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Win the marine experience of a lifetime!

6th September 2021

Deadline for submissions extended to 31st October 23:59 GMT+4 

 

Can your own superhero design earn you a trip to D’Arros?

 

The Save Our Seas Foundation (SOSF) has today launched a competition open to all Seychelles residents between the ages of 11 and 14, for a one-week environmental education camp on D’Arros Island. A total of 16 winners will be selected for participation in the programme to be split into two groups of eight, each group having their own D’Arros Experience week.

 

What is the D’Arros Experience?

The D’Arros Experience, initiated by the SOSF and its D’Arros Research Centre (SOSF-DRC), aims to engage young Seychellois on the importance of the ecosystems that form part of their national heritage, while providing practical, hands-on field experience in a globally important ecological hotspot.

 

The D’Arros Experience is an important component of SOSF’s worldwide mission to promote environmental education and outreach. The idea is to provide the students with a clear understanding of how ecosystems, from the coast to the deeper ocean, are all connected. This year has involved the added challenge of ensuring the competition and all activities related to the camp follow health protocols in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The actual timing of the camp will depend on not just the COVID-19 situation but will also coincide with school holidays, as well as the appropriate season and wind patterns, which are essential to safe operation on the outer islands. Winners will be given a minimum three weeks’ notice for the dates of the camps to run.

Participants of the D'Arros Experience snorkelling with a Reef Manta Ray. Photo by Michael Scholl | © Save Our Seas Foundation

What is the competition?

The competition winners will be judged on their submissions of an original story or poster that describes the powers that a superhero of their own invention would need to solve some of the world’s biggest environmental challenges, such as climate change or marine pollution. For more details on the competition guidelines and rules and regulations please download the PDF document here.

Participants of the D'Arros Experience investigating a sea turtle. Photo by Michael Scholl | © Save Our Seas Foundation

How to apply?

To apply download the pdf on the competition guidelines and read the rules and regulations. You will also need to fill out the application form.

Download the application form here.

 

Submissions are accepted until Sunday 3rd October 23:59 GMT+4 (extended to 31st October) and are to be sent to competition@saveourseas.com with the subject line “SOSF D’Arros Experience Competition 2021 FirstName_LastName”.

For those unable to send in digital versions or copies (images or scans) of posters or stories to the above email address, there is the option to hand in hard copies at the Minsitry of Education. Please address these to Lynndina Essack, Competition D’Arros Experience 2021, Ministry of Education, Mont Fleuri.

 

Current status: Camps will likely not run in 2021 and will instead be postponed to 2022.        

IMPORTANT: The deadline for submissions has been extended to 31ST OCTOBER 23:59 GMT+4 !

This is due to the ongoing Covid-19 situation in communication with the Ministries of Health and Education and the availability of restricted safe weather windows on D’Arros Island.

 

SOSF D’Arros Experience 2021 Competition Guidelines-Rules-Regulations

D’Arros Experience 2021 Application Form