Congratulations to the winners of the NASA Earth Science in Action Comic Strip Contest, an international competition led by the NASA Applied Sciences Prizes and Challenges Program and non-profit organization, SciArt Exchange.
The challenge invited youth and adults to create action-packed comics that show how NASA satellite imagery benefits life on Earth by helping communities protect oceans, air, and land. Artists created original comic strip artwork inspired by these three stories:
The goal of this challenge was to show the impact of Earth science applications through educational and inspiring comics from artists around the world.
The challenge received over 95 submissions from more than 105 artists in 14 countries.
All submissions were evaluated and scored based on the following elements of artistic expression and scientific reality: aesthetics and skill, creativity, scientific accuracy, and fulfilled intent. 30 comics advanced to the final round of the challenge.
A panel of finals judges, consisting of comic artists, illustrators, astronauts, and scientists reviewed the top submissions and chose a winner and runner-up from each age group and story category. Congratulations to the ten winning artists!
Palau Story Winners:
Adult Winner – David Alegria, Spain
Adult Runner-Up – Gustavo Soria, Guatemala
Youth Winner – Jiandi Chi, Canada,
Youth Runner-Up – Divyangana Vashist, Canada
Thailand Story Winners:
Youth Winner – Katie Chung, United States
Youth Runner-Up – Iris Behr, United Kingdom
United States Wildfire Story Winners:
Adult Winner – Folahanmi Akinleye, United States
Adult Runner-Up – Aral Olgun, United States
Youth Winner – Nicholas Jean, United States
Youth Runner-Up – Sofia Garzon, Columbia
In addition to awarding the judges’ selections, the top 30 comics were published on the NASA Applied Sciences site. The public was able to vote from October 3-10, 2022, on favorite comics in each age group and story category to win a People’s Choice Award. Congratulations to the five People’s Choice Award winners!
Palau Story People’s Choice Award:
Adult Winner – Gustavo Soria, Guatemala
Youth Winner – Ratnesha Gupta, Vanshika Soni, and Hitakshi Gupta, India
Thailand Story People’s Choice Award:
Youth Winner – Amna Khan, Pakistan
United States Wildfire Story People’s Choice Award:
Adult Winner – Aral Olgun, United States
Youth Winner – Sofia Garzon, Columbia
The winning comics will be shared globally to inspire and educate others about the impact NASA’s satellite imagery has here on Earth. Winning artists will receive a personalized trophy and signed certificate for their participation.