Congratulations to Sophia Rojas from Tucson who was the first place runner up in the 2011 National Endangered Species Day Youth Art Contest. Check out her Desert Tortoise above!
The art contest was part of the 6th Annual National Endangered Species Day, which happens to be today. Sophia, who was in the Grade 3-5 category, will receive a plaque and a gift certificate for art supplies—not too shabby for our girl!
The winners were chosen by a prestigious panel of artists, photographers, scientists and conservationists including, Jack Hanna, host of Jack Hanna’s Into the Wild; and Wyland, marine life artist and host of Animal Planet’s Wyland’s Ocean World.
“Our hope is that by entering the contest, students have had an opportunity to learn more about the endangered species that our country works so hard to protect,” said David Robinson, Director of Endangered Species Day. “And their artistic depictions of wildlife and plants remind us all that the world is a beautiful place worth protecting.”