By Education and Outreach Specialist Sirena Lao
We were amazed by the response this year! We received 114 submissions, and since this is the first year we have accepted online submissions, we had entries from as far away as Turkey and Singapore! Our judges loved seeing everyone’s artwork and reading the kids’ stories. It was truly heartwarming and inspiring to see that so many kids are making meaningful connections with birds and nature, and it gives us hope for the future.
We are very excited to share this year’s winning entries! Johanna Longley won first place in the Age 3-7 category with her illustration (above) and story (right) about a Wood Duck.
Ria Iyer won first place in the Age 8-11 Category with her illustration and story about a California Scrub Jay (below left). Anastasia Nguyen won first place in the Age 12-17 category with her illustration and story about a Killdeer (below right).
In addition, we awarded four honorable mentions to the following entries (pictured below): Age 3-7: Alyssa Bac - California Scrub Jay; Age 3-7: Arfa Mohamed - Bushtit; Age 8-11: Kashvi Agarwal - Great Egret; and Age 12-17: Eiya Lee Miller - Anna's Hummingbird.
To check out all the great artwork we received, you can browse this album. Thank you very much to everyone who participated in the contest, to the judges who donated their time, and to Christine Zack and Compass Point Mentorship for donating the prizes!
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