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Winners of the Space Foundation’s 9th Annual International Student Art Contest Announced

Written by: Space Foundation Editorial Team

Winners of the Space Foundation’s 9th Annual International Student Art Contest Announced

  • 25 winners selected from 61 countries
  • 3,908 entries submitted
  • Space Achievement Award winner is Xinyi Christine from New Jersey

COLORADO SPRINGS, Colo. (Jan 23, 2019) — The Space Foundation has announced the winners of its 9th Annual Space Foundation International Student Art Contest, co-sponsored by Firefly Aerospace. The 25 winners represent five U.S. states and 12 countries, with one entry chosen for the Space Achievement Award.

The Space Foundation invited public, private and homeschool children from around the world, ages 3-18, to submit original artwork depicting the theme, Where Will Your Spaceship Take You? The contest is free to enter every year, and the response for 2019 included more than 3,900 entries from 36 U.S. states and 61 countries, including Lithuania, United Arab Emirates, Kenya and Mongolia.

“Everything that has been constructed existed first in the imagination of its architect,” said Firefly CEO Dr. Tom Markusic. “We are inspired by the vision of these student space architects as they imagine ‘where their spaceships will take them.’”

The winning entries will be shown at the Space Foundation’s 35th Space Symposium, to be held April 8-11, 2019, 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.


“I have greatly enjoyed personally viewing thousands of inspired contest entries over the years,” said Nancy Reed, Director – Marketing & Creative Services for the Space Foundation.  “I treasure gained insights from my involvement with the contest – that young artists’ creativity, desire to win and their view of space is universal throughout the world and transcends world politics and differing ideologies – a wonderful thing indeed!”


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


In August 2019, the Space Foundation will make an announcement about the 2020 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 2019 winners are listed by first name only in consideration of the children’s privacy.


3 – 4 Years      

1st Place – Rui Xi, Malaysia

2nd Place – Naajiha, Bangladesh

3rd Place – Pulasi, Sri Lanka


5 – 6 Years      

1st Place – Sansthita, India

2nd Place – Hangyu, China

3rd Place – Richard, United States


7 – 8 Years      

1st Place – Jùn yáo, China

2nd Place – Ruixi, China

3rd Place – KeXin, China


9 – 10 Years    

1st Place – Aaron, United States

2nd Place – Xu Yuan, United States

3rd Place – Adeena, Indonesia


11 – 12 Years  

1st Place – Peter, United States

2nd Place – Timur, Russia

3rd Place – Maria, Ukraine


13 – 14 Years  

1st Place – Crystal, United States

2nd Place – Daria, Ukraine

3rd Place – Jonathan, United States


15 – 16 Years  

1st Place – Adrian, United States

2nd Place – Natalie, United States

3rd Place – Ziqing, China


17 – 18 Years  

1st Place – Calum, United States

2nd Place – Adriana, United States

3rd Place –  Eva Sophie, Germany


Space Achievement Award   

Xinyi Christine, United States, Age 14


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 seen at


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.

About Firefly Aerospace

Firefly is developing a family of launch vehicles to provide industry-leading affordability, convenience and reliability for dedicated light to medium lift launches. Firefly’s Alpha and Beta vehicles utilize common technologies, manufacturing infrastructure and launch capabilities, providing LEO launch solutions for up to one and four metric tons of payload respectively. Alpha and Beta will provide the space industry with access to frequent launches at the lowest cost/kg, enabling ambitious commercial and exploration missions from LEO to the Moon. Headquartered in Cedar Park, Tex., Firefly has additional presence in Washington, D.C., Dnipro, Ukraine, and Tokyo, Japan. Firefly is financed by Noosphere Ventures of Menlo Park, Calif. Learn more by visiting


About the Space Foundation
Founded in 1983, the Space Foundation is a 501(c)(3) and the world’s premier organization to inspire, educate, connect, and advocate on behalf of the global space community. It is a nonprofit 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 and field representatives in Houston and the Florida Space Coast. It 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 both of our websites and – and follow us on Facebook, Twitter, InstagramLinkedIn and YouTube.


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