Create a painting, drawing or digital graphic art, to show us how you can make The Bahamas mercury free!


As part of the GEF 10585 – Development of Minamata Initial Assessment in The Bahamas, the Basel Convention Regional Centre for Training and Technology Transfer for the Caribbean (BCRC-Caribbean) and the Department of Planning and Protection (DEPP) are hosting an art competition for primary school and high school students, to help raise awareness about mercury, its dangers and how you can keep yourself and your loved ones safe from the effects of mercury.

Mercury (chemical symbol Hg) is a naturally occurring element, found in the earth’s crust and because of its useful properties, it has been used in many everyday products. Some of these include dental amalgam fillings, some medical thermometers, some electrical switches, compact fluorescent lightbulbs (CFLs), skin lightening creams and other products.

Unfortunately, mercury can negatively impact the environment and human health. Mercury is a toxic pollutant that accumulates in the environment and enters the food chain, affecting wildlife and humans. It is a neurotoxin that affects the brain and nervous system. In addition to this, it can also affect the body in several other ways.



Create an illustration that shows your interpretation and knowledge of how people can help in making The Bahamas mercury-free, through the many ways people can reduce their exposure to mercury and avoid or remove mercury from their homes and activities.

You can produce this illustration through a painting, drawing or digital illustration. You can use any materials or software of your choice. You must also come up with a creative title and a description that is no more than 50 words, for your piece, which is to be submitted through the registration form (see link below).

Once you have completed your illustration, share a copy or photo with us through OneDrive. The OneDrive link will be made available as you complete the registration form. For physical drawings or paintings, you may capture a photo of your artwork to enter your submission.

  • Illustrations must be 9” x 12” (can be portrait or landscape)
  • The illustration must clearly show some measure that can be taken to make The Bahamas mercury free and must be factual.
  • The illustration must be uploaded to OneDrive. The link to the OneDrive is shared in the registration form. The file containing the illustration must be saved as the entrant’s name and the title of the piece (e.g. Jane Doe – Mercury Free Bahamas) and as a png or jpg/jpeg file before uploading. Please note, the maximum size file that is allowed is 50 MB.
  • The entrant must fill out all fields of the registration form and be sure to upload their illustration via the link to the OneDrive included in the form.

Note: if the entrant does not have an email address or contact number, a parent or guardian can fill out the form and submit it on the entrant’s behalf.


All illustrations must be uploaded to OneDrive through this registration form.  All fields in the form must be completed. Once the registration form has been successfully completed, the entrant will receive a confirmation email. Please ensure that the submission is uploaded to the OneDrive before clicking “Submit” on the registration form.

Click here for registration form



  1. By participating in the Mercury in The Bahamas Art Competition being advertised by the Department of Planning and Protection (DEPP) and the Basel Convention Regional Centre for Training and Technology Transfer for the Caribbean (BCRC-Caribbean) and the members of the Project’s National Working Group (NWG) on their Facebook pages and/or other social media channels (the “Competition”), you confirm that you accept and agree to these competition Terms and Conditions.
  2. The Promoter of the Competition is the DEPP and BCRC-Caribbean in collaboration with the members of the NWG. The competition is in no way sponsored, endorsed, or administered by, or associated with Facebook and/or other social media channels. You completely release Facebook and/or other social media channels from all liability associated with this competition.
  3. Entry is only open to young persons living in The Bahamas between the ages 8-18 years. Employees of the DEPP and their immediate families as well as the immediate families of the judges from the NWG are ineligible to enter the competition.
  4. Only one valid submission per entrant will be accepted. By entering, each entrant warrants that their entry is original and that their submission does not or will not infringe any third party’s intellectual property.
  5. Entrants must follow the instructions detailed above to be eligible for the associated prize.
  6. The Competition will begin when the competition post has been uploaded onto Facebook and/or other social media channel on Monday 18th July 2022 and end on Friday 19th August 2022. As such, the competition period will be 18 July-19 August 2022.
  7. The DEPP and BCRC-Caribbean reserve the right to cancel the contest at any time, for any reason and without prior notification.
  8. The DEPP and BCRC-Caribbean will not accept responsibility for any late submissions, any entries that are not received or any entries or files that are corrupt, damaged, lost, or inaccessible.
  9. The judging of the competition will be done by a judging panel consisting of the DEPP, BCRC-Caribbean, and NWG members.
  10. At the end of the competition period the judging panel will select a winner for each age group from entries received during the competition period.
  11. The winners will be notified by the BCRC-Caribbean either through phone call or email using the contact details provided by the entrant. The prize winners will receive the prize that is advertised above. However, if the winner cannot be reached within ten (10) working days of the prize being awarded, the judging panel may select a new prize winner without liability to any person.
  12. The BCRC-Caribbean will your personal information (name and contact details) for the purpose of administering and processing the competition only.
  13. By entering this competition, the parents/guardians of the entrant consent to the use of the entrant’s submissions being shared for promotional purposes and to the personal information (name and age) of the winners being shared for the purposes of the competition.
  14. Prizes are not refundable, exchangeable, or redeemable for cash.
  15. The DEPP and BCRC-Caribbean is not responsible for any prize that has been lost, stolen, damaged or tampered with in any way before it reaches a winner and after it has been released from the DEPP and BCRC-Caribbean’s custody and control.

By participating in the competition, you agree to be bound by the Terms and Conditions, including all eligibility requirements. You also accept that all decisions made by the DEPP and BCRC-Caribbean are final and binding in all matters relating to the Competition.