First Prize Equal Winner: Young Artist

Congratulations to Gavin Minard for A Mother’s Love

  A Mother’s Love © 2018 Gavin Minard | All Rights Reserved

A Mother’s Love © 2018 Gavin Minard | All Rights Reserved

Over the last three years, my love for animals has grown significantly into a passion, and now I dedicate my time to learning more about endangered species and their conservation. The cruelty that surrounds us each and every day is truly heartbreaking, many animals taken from us for the sole purpose of making money. The efforts from organizations such as The Ellen DeGeneres Wildlife Fund, WildAid, WWF, The Jane Goodall Institute, and Florida's very own Center for Great Apes gives me hope for the future of endangered species across the globe. I may only be fifteen years old, however, I know that my future work is laid out in front of me; I will fight with all I have to save endangered species from extinction.

First Prize Equal Winner: Young Artist

Congratulations to Catherine Guevara for Any Agila

  Any Agila © 2018 Catherine Guevara | All Rights Reserved

Any Agila © 2018 Catherine Guevara | All Rights Reserved

The Philippine Eagle (aka the monkey eating eagle) is the national bird of the country I was born from. With a population of only about a few hundred, these birds are still threatened by deforestation and urbanization. I wish for people to see that these birds are beautiful and must be further protected. The title means ‘The Eagle’ in Tagelos, the language of the Philippines.

Third Prize Winner: Young Artist

Congratulations to Nicole Wicker for Ollie the Orangutan

  Ollie the Orangutan © 2018 Nicole Wicker | All Rights Reserved

Ollie the Orangutan © 2018 Nicole Wicker | All Rights Reserved

I am a full time college student studying biology and working as an apprentice at an award winning custom jewelry store. Through this apprenticeship I am learning the skills necessary to be a jeweler such as soldering, waxing, casting, and stone setting. This piece showcases my exploration of many of these techniques.