The GEF/UNDP/PEMSEA ATSEA-2 Programme calls people from anywhere in the world to submit animated videos sharing the urgency to protect the ocean. Anyone over the age of 18 is eligible to submit an animated video on this #ATSEAchallenge themed “Uniting the Arafura and Timor Seas”.

The Arafura and Timor Seas (ATS) region is unique in its ecology, geography and socio-political structure. It is home to a vast array of natural wonders. This fertile corridor of tropical water connects the Pacific and Indian Oceans with the Coral Triangle. This area provides the peoples of many nations with essential resources while also stocking the world’s oceans with biodiversity.

However, much of the marine life in the ATS region is under threat from a combination of overfishing, pollution, loss of habitat and the impacts of climate change. To encourage the public to make a difference in their life and highlight the creativity in showcasing the intrinsic links between the ocean and human lives, ATSEA calls animation video creators to participate in the #atsea animated video contest with a total prize of USD 1,750.


Create an animated video of no more than three minutes in length, sharing your creativity, wisdom, dream, and passion for protecting our ocean.

Then, send your video hyperlink to infoatsea2@pemsea.org by 30 September 2021. After you submit your entry, you will receive an email confirmation.

For a video submission to be eligible, entrants must submit the Entry Form and follow all of ATSEA-2 social media accounts.

The contest is open to individuals or teams of interested persons, both men and women, and people with disabilities, over the age of 18 in any part of the world. Contest entries may be submitted by an individual or by a group of any size. In the case of group submission, one prize will be awarded to the entire group as a whole.


You can use animated videos in many different ways, from simple typography animations to animated illustrations, flat icons, even full character animation videos.

Videos should run between 90 seconds to a maximum of three minutes in duration.

Videos must be in a format acceptable for YouTube

All entries must be completed in English, and videos must include content that is entirely understandable to an English-speaking audience.

Entrants should choose one or several of the following topics on which to focus the theme of the video.

  • Reducing Marine Pollution
  • Preserving Customary Law for Marine Conservation
  • Tackling Illegal, Unreported, and Unregulated Fishing
  • Protecting Marine Biodiversity
  • Promoting Responsible Fishing Practices
  • Mitigating and Adapting to Climate Change

While the copyright for the video and its content is retained by the entrant(s), entering the contest automatically provides ATSEA with the right to display the video online and/or in any public or private settings without restriction.

Videos must be previously unpublished, original content and must be the sole property of the entrants, not previously submitted to any other contest. Published material includes that which has been posted on the Internet.


By submitting an entry, the entrant(s) represents that the video is an original work, and the entrant(s) is the sole owner of all rights to the video. The entrant(s) also agrees to allow the Arafura and Timor Seas Ecosystem Action (ATSEA) Programme to use their name to post on the ATSEA digital platforms (website, social media, e-newsletter), without compensation unless prohibited. Each entrant(s) retains their rights to their video but grants to ATSEA a royalty-free, worldwide, perpetual, non-exclusive license to publicly display, distribute, reproduce and create derivative works of the video, in whole or in part, in any media now existing or later developed, for any ATSEA purpose, including, but not limited to, education, advertising, and promotion. ATSEA will not be required to pay any additional consideration or seek any additional approval in connection with such uses. ATSEA, its agents and contractor, are not responsible for lost, late, misdirected, incomplete, or postage-due entries. Contest void where prohibited or restricted by law. ATSEA reserves the right to cancel the contest or modify these rules at its discretion. Decisions of ATSEA are final and binding.