Care 4 Dolphins Competition 2019

Be Part of the Solution & you could WIN

The latest scientific research estimates that over 8 million metric tonnes (80,000,000,000 kgs) of plastic and other types of trash enters the oceans every year! This is the same as 571,429 full-grown blue whales!  or the equivalent of a rubbish truck full of trash being thrown into the ocean every minute of every day. Our marine habitats and wildlife are suffering like never before.

All around the world, dead whales, including sperm whales and beaked whales who are the deepest of all divers in the oceans, are washing up dead with stomachs full of trash. As if sentinels from the deep with the darkest of messages. A juvenile beaked whale recently washed up dead in the Phillipines and has over 40kg of plastic bags in its stomach. Unfortunately is is no longer an unusual case with similar cases being reported all around the world. .

It is up to each and every one of us to help save these animals and their ocean habitats.

We want YOUR help to remove trash from your local environment and be part of the solution.

How to Enter

Enter our Care 4 Dolphins Competition 2019, help the environment and win an Earth Friendly prize pack!!

In the lead up to International Dolphin Day (14th April 2019), we are encouraging you to actively care for the environment (including the dolphins) and get creative.

We want you to go out and collect rubbish from your local beach, park, or roadside or wherever you find it. Then get creative and re-use this trash to put together an inspiring artwork. Take a photo and send it to us TO WIN!!

How to Enter:

  1. Take a photo of your awesome artwork made of the trash you have collected
  2. Follow @dolphinresearchaustralia on Facebook or @dolphin_research_australia on Instagram
  3. Post the photo on either Facebook or Instagram with a little story about your clean up and artwork
  4. Use the hashtag #care4dolphins and be sure to also tag @dolphinresearchaustralia if posting on Facebook, or @dolphin_research_australia if posting on Instagram
  5. Alternatively, email your photo to
  6. Don’t forget to let your friends know too!

One lucky winner will take home an Earth Friendly prize pack including a pack of 5 Onya Reusable Produce Bags, a Tote Bag, a Beeswax Wrap, an Environmental Toothbrush and a Stainless Steel Straw.

The competition closes on International Dolphin Day, Sunday 14 April, and the winner will be announced on Tuesday 16th of April.

Winners of the Care 4 Dolphins & Our Oceans School Competition 2018

We want to send a big thank you to all the schools and classes who participated in our contest and helped make it a success! The competition entries were amazing and the votes submitted by our judging panel were very close.

A BIG congratulations to Blakewood Public School Year 1/2, the overall winner! The class gets some great new books for their library, to name and adopt one of their local dolphins and a visit from the Dolphin Research Australia education team! The winning class entry was a multimedia presentation that combined the voices of the children reciting their pledge and voices of the dolphins.

A BIG congratulations also to Mt Gravatt State High School Year 12 Geology Class who is the overall runner up and high school winner!  The class used over 100 bottles to create their sculpture of a bottlenose dolphin and pledged to recycle all plastics in the school and clean the nearby creeks.

The level of entries were so incredible and inspiring, the judges also decided to award all entries the opportunity to name and become symbolic guardians of their very own dolphin from their region. The dolphins chosen belong to populations that we have been studying for some years and have got to know. We can’t wait to hear what names our Dolphin Heroes give their dolphins!

Check out the incredible entries from Schools and their visual pledges below.

Congratulations to the Winners & Thank you to all the teachers and students for helping to Care 4 Dolphins & Our Oceans!

To learn more about the threats and how you can help protect dolphins, check out the Learn About Dolphins & Whales and the Being Dolphin Friendly pages.

Change cannot be made without the helping hands of many!

We also asked some of the Community to take a pledge to help Care 4 Dolphins & Our Oceans too. Check out what they’ve pledged.

Here’s some of the community taking their pledge to Care 4 Dolphins & Our Oceans at the Buwangan Day event at Quandamooka Festival 2017.