And the winner is? Kylie Peruch! Read more.


Partners around the Gulf of Mexico are gearing up to Embrace the Gulf in the next year, 2020. Paddle the Gulf will connect blueways across the five U.S. Gulf states. It is a wonderful way to celebrate what the Gulf of Mexico has to offer by kayaking and canoeing these paddle trails. Organizers of the project need a new logo. They are accepting logo designs from student designers with awards for the top ranked logos.

Paddle the Gulf Logo Contest  

DEADLINE: All logo designs must be received by 5:00 p.m. Central Time on October 18th,  2019. Email your entry to by the deadline.

DESIGN AWARDS: $500 will be awarded to the designer with the top ranked logo, with awards in the amount of $300 and $200 for second and third place logos, respectively.

ELIGIBLE DESIGNERS: Students currently enrolled in an academic institution within the Gulf of Mexico region.

ABOUT PADDLE THE GULF: The purpose of the Paddle the Gulf (PTG) project is to connect and showcase blueways (kayak/canoe paddling trails) across the Gulf Coast, including the states of Texas, Louisiana, Mississippi, Alabama, and Florida. By showcasing these blueways, the project seeks to increase public understanding of coastal resources and promote stewardship of those resources. The project will inform and inspire people to be more connected to nature by paddling coastal streams and rivers that flow into the Gulf of Mexico. Download the contest guidance.

Some key words that people think of when they hear Paddle the Gulf will be: kayaking, canoeing, paddling, rivers, streams, Gulf of Mexico, Gulf States, nature, water, coast, outside.

LOGO GUIDANCE: The logo design should communicate the interconnected blueway concept with a connection to the five Gulf Coast states and/or Gulf of Mexico. Top ranked logos will include multiple display options, for example a logo that can be displayed with and without the words “Paddle the Gulf”.


  • Logo designs should be emailed to in .jpg, .png, or .pdf format by the date above.
  • Each logo submitted MUST include the designer’s name in the logo file name
  • In addition to the attached logo, the submission email should clearly state the designer’s name; academic institution (with city, state); email address; and phone number
  • Designers may submit multiple logo designs

The winning designer will be notified via email and must submit a copy of all professional design files (to allow for printing and altering in the future) before receiving the cash award. For the winning logo design, Paddle the Gulf reserves full copyright of the design files.

QUESTIONS: For more information, please contact:

Amy Gohres                                        Phillip Hinesley                       Niki Pace 

Leading organizations include: NOAA, Gulf of Mexico Coastal Ocean Observing System (GCOOS), Gulf Shores and Orange Beach Tourism, Mississippi-Alabama Sea Grant, Louisiana Sea Grant, The Nature Conservancy, Texas Sea Grant, Mississippi Department of Marine Resources/Grand Bay National Estuarine Research Reserve, and many more partners.