Earlier this year, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service and the National Wildlife Refuge Association asked young people between the ages of 15 – 24 to be a part of the vision process through the Giving the Land a Voice multimedia contest. Entries poured in from across the country, and we are now proud to announce our contest winners.

First Place
Commentary on the Next Generation of Conservation: Reflecting on our past, we must move into the future framed by our great conservation thinkers.
(Photo Submission)
By Evan Eifler
Age: 20
Home: Wisconsin

Using all original photography, this work suggests that we must use the ideas of the great conservation thinkers who have etched themselves into our framework for the future while also reflecting on lessons learned in the past including the plight of the Passenger Pigeon to proceed into the future of conservation, healthy people, and healthy landscapes.

We are pleased to announce that Eifler was just one of our many youth delegates at the Conserving the Future conference this summer!

Second Place
It’s the home for the animals and for the trees, its a place to dirty your knees
(Storybook Submission)
By Monica Dyches
Age: 17
Home: Florida

Third Place
Finding My Spirit
(Short Story Submission)
By Madeline Matia
Age: 15
Home: Ohio

Honorable Mentions
Open Eyes
(Short Story Submission)
By Kyra Simcic-Swanton
Age: 17
Home: Florida

(Poetry Submission)
By Victoria Arnett
Age: 17
Home: Florida

A Day Outside!
(Video Submission – Watch the video here!)
By Mary Ownes
Home: Florida