2014 Contest Winners

Photography Contest

Eva Jasinski of Gloucester Point, Virginia won 1st place in the Earth Science Week photo contest with her portrait in a corn field. The reflection of the corn in the mirror represents the dependency the world has on corn.  

Submissions illustrated the theme "Connections in My Community" by capturing evidence of the connections of Earth systems in their community. Earth systems are continually affecting and influencing one another all around us. In our homes, in our neighborhoods, in our workplaces, and in our public gathering places, we can observe the dynamic interactions of “Earth system science.”

 Finalists (in alphabetical order):


Visual Arts Contest

Swetha Karthikeyan of Dayton, New Jersey won the Visual Art Contest with her artwork showing connections of Earth systems in her community (below).

Students in grades K-5 made a drawing, collage or other 2-dimensional piece of artwork that illustrated the theme "Earth's Connected Systems and Me." Students were encouraged to use artwork to show how land, water, air, and living things are connected in the world around them.

 Finalists (in alphabetical order):


Essay Contest

Ari Sinervo of Aptos, California took first place in the Essay contest with his work "How Fog Affects Life." To read his essay, click here.

Submissions from students grades 5-9 explained "Earth System Science in Today's World." Essays were to be fewer than 500 words in length and based on their explanation of ways geoscientist's study of Earth's connected systems is helping to improve the world today .

Finalists (in alphabetical order):

The views and assertions presented in essays are neither endorsed by nor reflect the positions the American Geosciences Institute.

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