Space Foundation Announces Winners Of Eighth Annual International Student Art Contest

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January 22, 2018 – Since 2011, the Space Foundation’s International Student Art Contest has inspired children around the globe to envision the possibilities and adventures to be found in space.

The 2018 contest theme was “My Space City Vision…” and 4,578 entries were submitted from 57 countries and 37 U.S. states by students ages 3 through 18 years. Of those, 25 winners from 13 countries were selected, with one entry chosen for the top Space Foundation Achievement Award.

The contest was created by the Space Foundation’s Director of Marketing, Nancy Reed, who, as an artist herself, understood the excitement of creating original artwork for competition in a contest format.

“It has been fascinating to see the contest grow and take shape over the past eight years. Most of all, and most rewarding, is the realization that each art entry received from around the world, involves a budding, hopeful and talented student artist, with creative aspirations and hope that their artwork will be a winner. It is also inspiring to witness how art transcends politics, cultural differences and ideology. It is obvious children universally love space and our planet, no matter where they are from,” said Reed.

The winning entries will be shown at the Space Foundation’s 34th Space Symposium, to be held April 16-19, 2018, at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colorado. After the Symposium, the winning art will be displayed at the Space Foundation Discovery Center in Colorado Springs.

Winners will receive a certificate and award letter, ribbon, signed autograph from retired NASA astronaut Maj. Gary E. Payton, USAF (Ret.), an art kit, drawing book and Astronaut Ice Cream, provided by Astronaut Foods®, a Space Foundation Space Certification Partner.

About The Contest

Students were invited to enter artwork in the following media formats: drawing, painting, mixed media and digital. The contest featured eight age categories, with first, second and third place honors for each of the age categories, plus one Space Foundation Achievement Award.

The 2018 winners are listed by first name only in consideration of the children’s privacy.

3 – 4 Years
1st Place – Emilija, Slovenia
2nd Place – Koen, China
3rd Place – Timofej, Russia

5 – 6 Years
1st Place – Ameera, United Kingdom
2nd Place – Dadasheva, Azerbaijan
3rd Place – Soura, Bangladesh

7 – 8 Years
1st Place – Andy, United States
2nd Place – Alexander, Ukraine
3rd Place – Sophia, United States

9 -10 Years
1st Place – Fathin, Indonesia
2nd Place – Andrew, United States
3rd Place – Kemeel, United States

11 – 12 Years
1st Place – Junho, United States
2nd Place – Stella, United States
3rd Place – Ekaterina, Russia

13 – 14 Years
1st Place – Tatiana, Russia
2nd Place – David, Romania
3rd Place – Theptad, Thailand

15 – 16 Years
1st Place – Catherine Kai Lin, Canada
2nd Place – Pornticha, Thailand
3rd Place – Arina, Ukraine

17 – 18 Years
1st Place – Darina, Russia
2nd Place – Richard, United States
3rd Place – Jim Brian, Philippines

Space Foundation Achievement Award
Lok Man, age 18, China

Where To See The Artwork

Winning artwork submitted for this year’s contest can be seen on the International Student Art Contest website gallery at, and all of the submitted artwork can be seen at

The Panel Of Judges:

Space Art Expertise

Richard Green, senior artist/designer with more than 20 years’ experience in creating and designing for the video game, aerospace and industrial design industries, Seattle, Washington.

Joe Vinton, digital artist, Renderosity Artist of the Year, Burton, Trent, United Kingdom

Children’s Art Expertise

Hans Wolfe, middle and upper school visual arts, Visiting Artist Coordinator, Art Department Chair, The Colorado Springs School, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Commercial Art Expertise

Lourn Eidal, Assistant Art Director, Crystal Peak Design, Colorado Springs, Colorado.

Susanne Arens, President, Crystal Peak Design and Art Director, photographer, fine artist, college instructor, Executive Director of the Pikes Peak Studio Tour, Springs Recovery Connection board member, Colorado Springs, Colorado.


The Space Foundation’s International Student Art Contest needs sponsorship in order to continue. Please help keep this inspiring contest alive with your sponsorship support. For details, please contact Nancy Reed at