Endangered Species Day Youth Art Contest
2012 GRAND PRIZE WINNER
Sky’s dramatic depiction of the Woodland Caribou with forest fires blazing in the background won the grand prize for the 2012 Saving Endangered Species Day Youth Art Contest.
He beat out more than 2,200 young artists, including high school students in the final rounds of judging, who entered the national contest sponsored by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, and the Endangered Species Coalition.
The finalists were judged on four primary artistic elements: concept, composition, color and expression. Sky’s watercolor and mixed media art entitled “Firestorm Approaching” had the highest overall score.
The winners were chosen by an esteemed panel of celebrities, artists, photographers, scientists, and conservationists, including: Wyland, the world reknown marine artist; Jack Hanna, host of Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild;
David Littschwager and Susan Middletown acclaimed wildlife photographers and regular contributors to National Geographic Magazine; and Tom Sachs, whose work can be found in major museums worldwide.
Started in 2006 by the United Stated Senate, Endangered Species Day is a celebration of our nation’s imperiled plants and wildlife and wild places, with an emphasis on success stories of species recovery.
Sky traveled to Washington, D.C. to receive the award and was honored at a Congressional Reception held at the Rayburn House Office Building, U.S. House of Representatives where national media, U.S. senators, representatives and wildlife dignitaries from around the world were present.