2023 Winners

Climate Heroes in Action

Message from Founder and President Linda Cabot
We know we live in uncertain times, when teens often feel overwhelmed and discouraged. Our Climate Heroes theme was chosen to show teens that the world is full of caring, dedicated people who are committed to finding climate solutions.
Our hope was that Contest participants would feel inspired by selecting and researching a climate hero to celebrate. We wanted students to feel a renewed sense of optimism by learning about the many people doing incredible things to help protect our environment. We wished that, while actively imagining, designing, and creating their pieces, students felt more personally and deeply connected to what they were learning about and experiencing.
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Special Recognition


We All Rise Prize

The We All Rise Prize recognizes students in the U.S. who identify as Black, Indigenous, and/or Latine and whose entries demonstrate notable artistic achievement in their chosen category.

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Voice of the Sea Award

In partnership with poet, spoken word artist, and activist Tayllor Johnson, the Voice of the Sea Award recognizes an outstanding Spoken Word submission in each age division.

“An Open Letter to American Lawmakers” by Naomi Ling (Columbia, MD)

“The Canvas of Environmental Consciousness” by Khwahish Punjabi (Sharjah, United Arab Emirates)


Brian Skerry's Ocean Soul Award

Selected by National Geographic photographer Brian Skerry, the Ocean Soul Award recognizes a visual art submission in each age division whose work captures the “soul” of the ocean.

“Passion” by Yerang Park (Seoul, Republic of Korea)

“Liberty Leading the Soul” by Adam Zhang (Beijing, China)