Itu Essay Contest 2009 Winners Announced

The Goi Peace Foundation, Key Partner of the GAP, is pleased to announce the winners of the 2016 International Essay Contest for Young People. The theme of this year's contest was "Education to Build a Better Future for All". From among 12,937 entries from 153 countries, the following winners were selected:

First Prize

Second Prize

The complete list of winners and their winning essays are available here.  

The First Prize winners presented their essays and received their awards from the Minister of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan at a ceremony held at Nikkei Hall in Tokyo on 29 November 2016. 

The annual essay contest is organized in an effort to harness the energy, imagination and initiative of the world's youth in promoting a culture of peace and sustainable development. It also aims to inspire society to learn from the young minds and to think about how each of us can make a difference in the world.   

Guidelines for the upcoming 2017 International Essay Contest for Young People will be announced here in the beginning of February 2017.

Photography Contest

Michael Badding of East Amherst, New York won first place in this year’s Earth Science Week photo contest with his photo of a chunk of melting ice recovered from a mountainous area (below). 

Submissions illustrated the theme "How Climate Shapes My World". Submissions could include print or digital photographs.

 Finalists (in alphabetical order):


Visual Arts Contest

Taylor Jae Scott of Portsmouth, New Hampshire won first place in the Visual Arts contests with a collage comparing landscapes, average sea levels, wildlife, and other climate indicators in his area today and 100,000 years ago (below).

Students in grades K-5 made a drawing, collage or other 2-dimensional piece of artwork illustrating the theme "The Climate Where I Live."

 Finalists (in alphabetical order):


Essay Contest

Shreyas Havaldar of Dix Hills, New York won first place in the Earth Science Week essay contest with his writing about the climate and changing seasons on Long Island. To read his essay, click here.

Students grades 6-9 addressed this year's Earth Science Week theme "Climate Connections" Essays were no more than 300 words in length.

Finalists (in alphabetical order):


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

International Year of Planet Earth and Earth Science Week 2009 Photography Contest

Amy Spaziani, a geoscience graduate student in Baton Rouge, Louisiana is the first-place winner of this year’s International Year of Planet Earth-Earth Science Week photography contest. Below, view Spaziani's photograph of a geology student examining soft sediment deformation during a field trip near the Guadalupe Mountains in west Texas. 

The contest was open to anyone of any age around the world. The theme was "Exploring Earth Science around the World." Submissions could include print or digital photographs.

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