The Aquarium of the Pacific will host its annual Urban Ocean Festival on April 29 and 30. Visitors will enjoy the Trashin’ Fashion show, boat cruises, art and other activities inspired by the ocean and learn more about how to better appreciate the urban ocean.

In partnership with the Arts Council, the Aquarium also holds an annual juried art contest and displays the winning artwork at the festival. Winners are selected in three categories – painting/drawing, photography and sculpture – and receive $500, with one grand prize winner receiving an additional $250.

The deadline to submit to the contest is Friday, March 31. For more information and to submit to the contest visit

Photo credit: Sean Pierce, The Great Wave Off Los Angeles (2016 Urban Ocean Contest Winner).