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Press Release
February 8, 2012

National Archives and EPA Announce DOCUMERICA-Inspired Contest Winners

Washington, DC…The National Archives, in collaboration with the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA), is pleased to announce the winners of the “Document Your Environment” Student Multimedia Contest. This contest invited students ages 13 to 18, as well as college and graduate students, to create any type of graphic art, short video, or poem using a DOCUMERICA photo as a prompt. Over sixty entries were submitted for the contest, and seven were chosen as finalists.

Archivist of the United States David S. Ferriero selected the grand prize winner, Anna Lee.

“The National Archives was delighted to partner with EPA in creating this contest to publicize the DOCUMERICA collection,” said Archivist Ferriero. “The selection process was difficult because many of the entries were so creative. Ms. Lee’s artwork, however, stood out because it got the message across graphically and did it in a crisp manner that I found visually appealing.”

The24-year-old student's graphic art, titled “iRevolution,” was inspired by a DOCUMERICA photograph of a classroom by Jim Olive.  Anna Lee wrote of her work,“We live in a world where people really do speak their minds and we are shown that we, the people, can make a difference.” Her prize is $500 courtesy of the Foundation for the National Archives.

The finalists in each category are:
Graphic Art, age 13-15: Ishani Ghose “Save Honey Bees”
Graphic Art, age 16-18: Diane Gress “Some things haven't changed”
Graphic Art, age 18+: Anna Lee “iRevolution”
Poetry, age 13-15: Shannon Strong “TIME”
Poetry, age 16-18: Juliet Borchardt “Not Always So”
Poetry, age 18+: Marianne Johnson “Scratches in the Sand”
Video, age 16-18: Desiree Touchet “The Beauty of My Backyard”

Contest judges were: Graphic Art category, former DOCUMERICA photographer and graphic artist Michael Philip Manheim; Video category, Cokie Roberts, author and news analyst for National Public Radio and ABC News; and Poetry category, Sandra Alcosser, the first Poet Laureate of Montana and professor of poetry at San Diego State University.

To view the winning entries, visit the contest online at Challenge.gov [http://documerica.challenge.gov]. Entries can also be viewed online at Flickr [http://www.flickr.com/photos/archivesnews/sets/72157629216771535/] or YouTube [http://youtu.be/rEnG1LBThjk].

Still interested in participating in DOCUMERICA challenges? Submit a photo to the EPA’s DOCUMERICA-inspired State of the Environment project online [http://blog.epa.gov/epplocations].

Related Link:
DOCUMERICA photos that inspired the winning entries on National Archives Flickr photostream[http://www.flickr.com/photos/usnationalarchives/sets/72157629218678653/with/3814960412]

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