The Space Foundation has announced the winners of its 10th Annual Space Foundation International Student Art Contest, co-sponsored by Earth Observing System. The 25 winners represent four U.S. states and 10 countries, with one entry chosen for the Space Achievement Award.

The Space Foundation invited public, private, and homeschool children ages 3–18 from around the world to submit original artwork depicting this year’s theme, “How Exploring Space Improves Life on Earth.” The annual contest is free to enter, and the response for 2020 included more than 5,500 entries from 29 U.S. states and 58 countries, including South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, Nepal, and Serbia. 

The winning entries will be on display at the Space Foundation’s 36th Space Symposium, to be held March 30 – April 2, 2020, at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA. After the Symposium, the winning art will be displayed at Space Foundation Headquarters and Discovery Center in Colorado Springs. 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 viewed at The winning artwork will also be available for viewing on the Space Foundation’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest social media pages.


“We had another very successful contest this year, which happened to be our second largest in global participation in the 10 years we’ve held the contest,” stated Nancy Reed, Director – Marketing & Creative Services for the Space Foundation. “Even after 10 years, and having received over 38,237 entries to date, I am still amazed each year by the uniqueness of each piece of artwork, and by the level of creativity and talent displayed by the student artists that have participated. Love and appreciation for our Earth and space, as portrayed through the eyes of our contest participants from all over the world, is universal and inspiring.”


The winners will receive an astronaut autograph, certificate, ribbon, and an art kit.


In August 2020, the Space Foundation will make an announcement about the 2021 contest.


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 2020 winners are listed by first name only in consideration of the children’s privacy.


Ages 3–4         

1st Place: Reyaansh Arya, India

2nd Place: Annisa, Indonesia

3rd Place: Ruo Die, China


Ages 5–6         

1st Place: Callie, Hong Kong

2nd Place: Manyu Sriram, India

3rd Place: Maksym, Ukraine


Ages 7–8         

1st Place: Yanxi, China

2nd Place: Angie, United States

3rd Place: Aahil, Pakistan


Ages 9–10       

1st Place: Shangqi, China

2nd Place: Xi Min, China

3rd Place: Nabila Aira, Indonesia


Ages 11–12     

1st Place: Brenton, Canada

2nd Place: Tin, China

3rd Place: Adelina, Ukraine


Ages 13–14     

1st Place: Yeqin, United States

2nd Place: Andrew, United States

3rd Place: Xinyi Christine, United States


Ages 15–16     

1st Place: Yumin, Canada

2nd Place: Sarah, United States

3rd Place: Alexus, Canada


Ages 17–18     

1st Place: Timothy, Phillippines

2nd Place: Angela, Phillippines

3rd Place: Chelsea, China


Space Achievement Award    

Chev Cedric, Phillippines, age 16


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 viewed at The winning artwork will also be available for viewing on the Space Foundation’s Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, and Pinterest social media pages.


About the 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.

General Art Background

  • Dr. Max Polyakov, Ukrainian-American entrepreneur in the fields of space technology and information technology, an economist, public figure, investor, and philanthropist. Managing Partner at Silicon Valley-based Noosphere Ventures investment fund, and founder/co-founder of several American space companies, including: Firefly Aerospace, EOS Data Analytics, and EOS SAR. CEO of EOS, Menlo Park, California.


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About the Space Foundation
Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit and the world’s premier organization to inspire, educate, connect, and advocate on behalf of the global space community. It is a leader in space awareness activities, educational programs, and major industry events, including the annual Space Symposium. Space Foundation headquarters is in Colorado Springs, Colo., USA, and 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 Washington, D.C., office, as well as field representatives in Houston and on the Florida Space Coast. It publishes The Space Report: The Authoritative Guide to Global Space Activity, and through its Space Certification™ and Space Technology Hall of Fame® programs, recognizes space-based innovations that have been adapted to improve life on Earth. Visit both websites — www.SpaceFoundation.organd — and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and YouTube.



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