2019 Contest Winners

Photography Contest

Tonya Boone of Williamsburg, Virginia, won first place in the photo contest with an image of their family hiking the Sólheimajökull glacier in Iceland (below).


Submissions illustrated the theme "Exploring Earth Science."

Finalists (in alphabetical order):

Visual Arts Contest

Elizabeth Xu of Sugar Hill, Georgia, won first place in the visual arts contest with a creative and colorful drawing of them discovering the natural world around them (below). 


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

Finalists (in alphabetical order):

Essay Contest

Vedika Amin of Mumbai, Maharashtra, won first place in the essay contest with a paper on “Why Earth Science Is for Everyone.”

Students in grades 6-9 wrote essays of up to 300 words addressing why it is important for Earth science to be accessible, inclusive, diverse, and equitable.

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

Anish Aradhey won first place in the video contest with their animation and song on “Earth Science Unity: Why Earth Science is for Everyone.” Click here to watch their winning video on YouTube.

Individuals and teams created brief, original videos that tell viewers how various people of different backgrounds contribute to make Earth science happen through the “Many Paths to Earth Science.”

Finalists were:

  • Brooke Laine. Click here to watch their video YouTube.
  • Elyas Masrour and Abdullah Nauman (team). Click here to watch their video YouTube.

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