The America’s WETLAND Foundation has launched its annual Keep Your Eye on the Prize juried competition to engage Louisiana students in saving coastal wetlands at a time when coastal land loss is increasing and more Louisiana communities are being affected, according to a news release.

The Keep Your Eye on the Prize program is designed to encourage students across the state to consider the significance of Louisiana’s coastal wetlands to their own lives by writing essays, creating artwork or taking photographs on the topic. The subject of the 2012 contest essay entries will be, “How can Louisiana adapt to coastal land loss and what changes should be made?” The subject of the 2012 contest art/photo entries will be, “Why should the area known as America’s WETLAND be saved?”

Two winners will be awarded in each of the following categories: grades 1-2; grades 3-5; grades 6-8; and grades 9-12; two overall winners will be named. Winning students’ classes will be awarded a $5,000 grant from the America’s WETLAND Conservation Corps to be used for a wetland planting project.

Students may submit entries online at from now through Jan. 15.

Winners will be announced on World Wetlands Day, Feb. 2, and marsh plantings will be done during in March and April at sites along coastal Louisiana.