2018 Contest Winners

Photography Contest

Matt Meisenheimer of Janesville, Wisconsin, won first place in the photo contest with a captivating image of Kalalau Valley in Kauai, Hawaii (below).


Submissions illustrated the theme "Inspired by Earth." The following finalists captured evidence of how Earth serves as inspiration for art.

Finalists (in alphabetical order):

Visual Arts Contest

Namit Vernekar of Charlotte, North Carolina, won first place in the visual arts contest with a creative and colorful drawing of two sides (real and imaginary) of Earth (below). 


Students in grades K-5 made two-dimensional artworks illustrating the theme “Earth and Art.”

Finalists (in alphabetical order):

Essay Contest

Udbhav Akolkar of Scottsdale, Arizona, won first place in the essay contest with a paper on "Earth as Inspiration" found in various forms of writing.

Students in grades 6-9 wrote essays of up to 300 words addressing this year’s theme, “Finding 'Art' in Earth”

Finalists (in alphabetical order):

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

Video Contest

Noah Resnick won first place in the video contest with a public service announcement about ways science (and the Earth) can be artful. Click here to watch their winning video on YouTube.

Individuals and teams created brief, original videos that tell viewers how artistic expression stems from the natural world, through “Earth Expressions” in their part of the world.

Finalists were:

  • Carrie Hunter and Austin Hermann (team). Click here to watch their video YouTube.
  • Zihao Jiang, Chen Hong Xue, Yu Hongyi, Lu Yichang, Ding Keyi, Liu Zhengyi, Wang Yihan, Zhang Xin Yao, Ding Zi Jun, Chen Yan Yan, Hu Rui, Yin Hao Ran, Cao Yi Jia, Wu Di, and Sun Dasheng (team). Click here to watch their video on YouTube.
  • Vinuth and Janiru Sumanasiri and Malika Gunasekara (team). Click here to watch their video on YouTube.
  • Rossalyn Buck and Emily Straetz (team). Click here to watch their video on YouTube.

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