Space Foundation Announces Winners of the 11th Annual International Student Art Contest

by | Jun 7, 2021

  • 25 winners selected out of submissions from 88 countries
  • More than 4,500 entries submitted
  • Space Achievement Award winner is Miriam from Mexico


COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. ” June 7, 2021 ” Space Foundation, a nonprofit advocate organization founded in 1983 for the global space ecosystem, today announced the winners of its 11th Annual Space Foundation International Student Art Contest, cosponsored by Noosphere Venture Partners LP. 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 Space Technology Helps Improve Life on Earth. The 2021 contest generated more than 4,500 entries from 36 U.S. states and 88 countries, yielding 25 winners with one entry chosen for the Space Achievement Award.


In congratulating this year's contest winners, Shelli Brunswick, Space Foundation's COO and executive leader of the organization's Center for Innovation and Education, said, Spanning more than a decade, the International Student Art Contest has garnered more than 42,000 submissions by asking children around the globe to look up to the stars for their creative inspiration. Congratulations to this year’s winners, and thank you to all who submitted artwork to raise awareness about this very important theme, spotlighting the benefits that the space ecosystem provides us all in our everyday lives.


Dr. Max Polyakov, managing partner of cosponsor Noosphere Ventures, said, This year's theme for the International Student Art Contest, How Space Technology Improves Life on Earth, is something close to my heart, and I've invested my passion, energy and funds into it. I'm excited to see how the winners of the contest ” the younger generations that will eventually lead space development in their own time ” realize the concept through their own creative artwork.


The winners will receive an astronaut autograph, a certificate, a ribbon and an art kit. The winning entries will be on display at Space Foundation's 36th Space Symposium, to be held Aug. 23-26, 2021, at The Broadmoor in Colorado Springs. After Space Symposium, the winning art will be displayed at Space Foundation Discovery Center and headquarters 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 submitted artwork can be viewed at


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 groups, plus one Space Achievement Award.


The 2021 winners are listed by first name only in consideration of the children's privacy.


Ages 3-4        

1st Place: Xiuqi Skyla, Singapore 

2nd Place: Claire, United States

3rd Place: Pelin, Turkey


Ages 5-6        

1st Place: Leona, Macedonia

2nd Place: Tianna, Canada

3rd Place: Artem, Russia


Ages 7-8        

1st Place: Jialang, United States

2nd Place: Leon, Canada

3rd Place: Charlotte, United States


Ages 9-10

1st Place: Kina, United States

2nd Place: Yashitha, United Kingdom

3rd Place: Siddhi, India


Ages 11-12    

1st Place: Esheli Nesakya, Sri Lanka

2nd Place: Kassir, Russia

3rd Place: Qihan, China


Ages 13-14    

1st Place: Harshicka, Malaysia

2nd Place: Connor, United States

3rd Place: Eddie, Sweden


Ages 15-16

1st Place: Ximing, United States

2nd Place: Nathan, United States

3rd Place: Ibsha, Bangladesh


Ages 17-18    

1st Place: VictoriÑ–a-MariÑ–a, Ukraine

2nd Place: Yuen Ting, Hong Kong

3rd Place: Louisa, Indonesia


Space Achievement Award

Miriam, Mexico, 17-18 age group


About Noosphere Venture Partners LP

Noosphere Venture Partners LP is an international asset management firm with the strategic vision to transform high-potential companies into definitive market leaders. The company's mission is to change the landscape of the digital economy, and Noosphere invests in projects around the world that primarily are focused on space, consumer internet, advertising and marketing technologies. About Noosphere Venture Partners:

About Center for Innovation and Education


Center for Innovation and Education, a division of Space Foundation, is a lifelong learning platform for the global space ecosystem that offers workforce development and economic opportunity for students, teachers, entrepreneurs and professionals via digital programming or live at Discovery Center in Colorado Springs, Colorado. Through its Workforce Development Roadmap, sponsored programs, and global collaborations, Center for Innovation and Education enhances the outlook and opportunities for new jobs, careers and new business ventures through its Space Commerce Entrepreneurship Programs, New Generation Young Professional Program, Professional Teacher Training, and Space-Inspired Curriculum. To learn more about Center for Innovation and Education, please visit, and visit to learn more about Space Foundation Discovery Center.


About Space Foundation


Space Foundation is a nonprofit advocate organization founded in 1983, offering a gateway to education, information and collaboration for space exploration and space-inspired industries that define the global space ecosystem. Driven by a partnership model, Space Foundation operates three divisions that unite the entire spectrum of stakeholders ” business, government, education and local communities ” through corporate membership, sponsorship, fundraising and grants: Center for Innovation and Education is a lifelong learning platform. Symposium 365 is the premier source for media and events, including the world-renowned Space Symposium. Global Alliance facilitates collaboration around the world. Visit Space Foundation at, and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn and YouTube.


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