COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan. 26, 2016) – With the second largest participation of its six year history, the Space Foundation’s Sixth Annual International Student Art Contest has resulted in 25 winners from eight countries. There were a total of 3,883 entries from 40 countries and 38 U.S. states submitted for the 2016 contest. Students from around the globe, ages 3 through 18, were invited to submit original artwork for this year’s theme, “What Space Means to Me…” The contest was free to enter for all public, private and homeschool children from nations around the world.
Winners will receive a certificate and ribbon, a Fisher Space Pen, an art kit and a personalized autographed photo signed by former NASA astronaut Dr. Leroy Chiao, Space Foundation Special Advisor – Human Spaceflight. Co-sponsor Fisher Space Pens will also provide pens to the winners.

The winning entries will be displayed at the Space Foundation’s 32nd Space Symposium, to be held April 11-14 at The Broadmoor Hotel in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA. The winning art will also be displayed at Space Foundation World Headquarters and Discovery Center in Colorado Springs.
Students could enter artwork in the following media formats: drawing, painting, mixed media and digital. The contest featured eight age categories: 3-4; 5-6; 7-8; 9-10; 11-12; 13-14; 15-16 and 17-18. A total of 25 awards were designated, including first, second and third place honors for each of the eight age categories, plus one Space Foundation Achievement Award. In consideration of participants’ privacy, only first names of winners are listed.

Jhathannaesshwar – 1st Place
Fatema – 2nd Place
Adib – 3rd Place

Javeria – 1st Place
Surina – 2nd Place
Raghav – 3rd Place

Viktoriya – 1st Place
Asma – 2nd Place
Saudi Arabia
Hania – 3rd Place

9-10 YEARS
Xinyi – 1st Place
Kitty – 2nd Place
Josephine – 3rd Place

11-12 YEARS
Amanda – 1st Place
Michael – 2nd Place
Jong Won – 3rd Place

13-14 YEARS
Olivia – 1st Place
Antonina – 2nd Place
Eena – 3rd Place

15-16 YEARS
Ashley – 1st Place
Jaemin – 2nd Place
Taein Gu – 3rd Place

17-18 YEARS
Sarah – 1st Place
Arina – 2nd Place
Haley – 3rd Place

Space Foundation Achievement Award Winner

Where to See the Artwork
Winning artwork submitted for this year’s contest can be seen on the Space Foundation Art Contest website photo gallery at and all of the submitted artwork can be seen at as well as past years’ winners.

About the Judging Panel
The panel of judges comprised:

Joe Vinton, Digital Artist, Renderosity Artist of the Year, Burton, Trent, United Kingdom
Daniela De Paulis, Founder and Director, AstroArts for Astronomers Without Boarders, Netherlands
Richard Green, Senior Artist/Designer with over 20 years experience in creating and designing for the video game, aerospace, and industrial design industries, Seattle, Washington
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
About the Space Foundation
Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is the foremost advocate for all sectors of space, and is a global, nonprofit leader in space awareness activities, educational programs and major industry events, including the annual Space Symposium, in support of its mission “to advance space-related endeavors to inspire, enable and propel humanity.” Space Foundation World Headquarters in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA, has a public Discovery Center, including El Pomar Space Gallery, Northrop Grumman Science Center featuring Science On a Sphere® and the Lockheed Martin Space Education Center. The Space Foundation has a field office in Houston and conducts government affairs from its Washington, D.C., office. It annually publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity, and through its Space CertificationTM and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, recognizes space-based innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. Visit, follow us on Facebook, Instagram, LinkedIn, Pinterest, Twitter, Google+, Flickr and YouTube, and read our e-newsletter Space Watch.