The Waterfront Canal Challenge is Africa’s only urban canal swim and swim run event. Winding its way through the canals of the world-famous V&A Waterfront, this popular annual sporting event raises funds for a number of worthy charity project supported by the Waterfront Rotary Club. The event will place strong emphasis on the importance of education and raising awareness of the state of plastic pollution in our oceans which will be driven through collaboration with the Two Oceans Aquarium.

The Art from Trash competition seeks to amplify the message of the dangers of ocean pollution. The inclusion of learners in the competition creates intergenerational dialogue on the need to protect the environment. As part of the Waterfront Canal Challenge, the Art from Trash Competition will receive media attention from both community newspapers as well as local radio stations. The winning individual entrant in the competition will have their artwork displayed at the Two Oceans Aquarium for a month after the event.


Using recyclable material, create a sculpture which raises awareness of the state of plastic pollution in our oceans. The dimensions of the artwork should not exceed one cubic metre.

The artwork will be judged according to 5 criteria; beauty, skill & technique, fidelity to theme, uniqueness and fun-filled intent.

The artwork can be done in groups comprised of 3-10 individuals in the team category or as individuals. Educators and parents may supervise for health and safety reasons but are not permitted to assist. The junior category refers to primary school grades while the senior category refers to high school grades.


Entries close on 20 September 2019. The completed entry form should be submitted by then, together with 3 good quality, high resolution photo in JPEG format of the sculpture. Shortlisted entries will be notified by 4 October 2019 and will be invited to display their artwork on the day of the Waterfront Canal Challenge on 19 October 2019. Winners from the artworks on display will be judged by experts and selected on the day.


There will be prizes for the first placed entry and the runner up entry in the 3 categories.
Prizes include a total of R10 000 as well as the Penguin Experience at the 2 Oceans Aquarium as well as tickets to the Aquarium and multiple entry tickets to the Aquarium. The individual winner in the senior category will have their art displayed at the Aquarium for a month.