UNESCO endorses Oceans in Motion

Plastic Oceans Australasia’s 2022 Oceans in Motion film competition has received official endorsement from UNESCO.

07 June 2022


In recognition of the United Nations Decade for the Ocean Science for Sustainable Development (2021 to 2030), Plastic Oceans Australasia (POA) has joined the revolution to unlock innovative ocean health solutions and launched, for the third consecutive year, the Oceans in Motion film competition.

Decade Activities are standalone initiatives such as events, conferences and publications specially developed for the UN’s Ocean Decade. Endorsed activities such as Oceans in Motion show their contribution to the Decade Challenges to specific programs, projects and contributions.

The endorsement of Oceans in Motion gives POA member status of UNESCO’s Global Stakeholder Forum, which allows for the submissions of ideas and proposals in the future.

“I am delighted that our film competition has been endorsed by the UNESCO activity platform,” said POA’s Executive Director, Ricki Hersburgh.


“It will provide another important tool for individuals and organisations to be able to share their journey to become enablers and influencers for our ocean’s health for future generations and beyond.”

Oceans in Motion is a short film competition offered to all educational institutions and the broader boating community across Australia and New Zealand.

In 2022, POA expanded competition focus by inviting students and the boating community to create a short film about their plastic waste journey at school or university.

Boating enthusiasts were also encouraged to show how their efforts to reduce single-use plastics can make a REAL difference to our blue planet.

Aligned with POA’s successful Picnics Unwrapped September campaign, the 2022 Oceans in Motion Film Competition is supported by Academic Ambassadors, including United Nations accredited Climate Change Teacher Dr Meryl Batchelder, Australian Geographic Adventurer, Lloyd Godson and Sporting Ambassadors Robert and Annie Wilmot, Australian Boardsailing Champions.

Last month, Plastic Oceans Australasia also announced Ocean Media and Separtis/Catch 22 as their official Oceans in Motion Media Partner and Founding Partner for the 2022 international film competition.

Boat owners, crew and marine industry proponents, along with students are able to enter. See the guidelines for entering your creative short film online. Registration closes 21 October and entry deadline is 18 November. Winners will be announced 8 December.



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