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Student Contest Winners Announced!

2012 February 24

This past November, the National Archives and the Environmental Protection Agency launched a contest that prompted students to create artwork, multimedia or poetry inspired by a Documerica photo of their choice. Document Your Environment, brought in many creative interpretations of the original 1970s photos!

Judge Michael Philip Manheim, one of the original Documerica photographers, evaluated artwork in the Graphic Art category. Poetry was judged by Sandra Alcosser, the first Poet Laureate of Montana and professor of poetry at San Diego State University. The third category, Video, was judged by Cokie Roberts, author and news analyst for National Public Radio and ABC News.

We received over 60 complete entries, with one coming from as far away as India!

The Grand Prize Winner, chosen by the Archivist of the United States, David Ferriero, was the recipient of $500, courtesy of the Foundation for the National Archives.

Grand Prize Winning Entry

The Archivist chose iRevolution as the winner stating that the artist’s “perspective prompted me to reflect on the relationship between technology and citizens of today’s world, activism and revolution, and the role of communication, documentary evidence, and the historical record.”

Congratulations to all of the finalists and to our Grand Prize winner!

Read NARA’s full blog of the contest finalists here

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One Response
  1. Shirley Woods permalink
    March 1, 2012

    Involving the students in this great project was a very intelligent idea. I appreciate this.

    If we can make the students or the children involve in these types of works more and more we will be able to raise the awareness for our environment a lot.
    “We received over 60 complete entries, with one coming from as far away as India! ” – this shows the mark of success that has removed all distances!

    Thanks for this great idea!
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