Judges including Nursery World Editor Liz Roberts spent hours deliberating over 1,600 entries.
The competition, which was open to anyone involved in the early years and childcare sector, aimed to provoke discussion about how children can help protect our seas and some of its creatures from extinction.
Entrants were judged in three age categories – under-five, five- to seven, or eight- to 11, with the artwork submitted by their childcarer or school.
The under-five winner was Maisie McMahon, aged four, from Swindon, who is cared for by childminder Denise McMahon. Maisie’s sea creature picture of a ‘Vampire squid at night-time’ won her a Schleich Polar and Sealife set, and The Consortium’s Titchy Waterfall Play Tubs for her setting.
Kieran Patel from Happy Planet After School Club in Middlesex was the five to seven winner for his ‘Flying water dragon.’ Kieran’s prize was a large tropical table mat and story rug from Blue Butterfly Flooring for his setting.
The eight- to 11 winner was Russell Davies from Kidspace Out of School Club in Birkenhead, the Wirral for his picture of ‘Terror Fin’, which won him an annual pass to Sea Life for two.
All children who entered the competition will be sent a set of coloured pencils and a sharpener by Morton Michel.
- See the shortlisted pictures for each category here