The National Archives keeps looking for ways to work with other agencies to spark citizen engagement with our records. Â Our most recent project is the Document Your Environment contest for students, which we co-sponsored with the Environmental Protection Agency. Â We invited students aged 13 & older to explore some of the nearly 16,000 photos in the Documerica collection & create their own graphic art, poem, or multimedia video in response. Â I was delighted to see the entries we received from students around the world. Â The selection process was difficult because many of the entries were so creative.
I’m am pleased to announce the grand prize winner of the Document Your Environment student contest: iRevolution by 24-year-old Anna Lee of San Francisco, CA. Â Her work stood out because it got the message across graphically & did it in a crisp manner that I'm will found visually appealing.
Original Documerica photographer Michael Philip Manheim judged the graphic arts category and selected Annaâs work as a finalist. Â He wrote, âThere is a message that is telegraphed in this art, so it achieves the goal of dramatically bringing an environmental problem into the viewerâs consciousness.â Â Anna was inspired by the 1972 photo titled âChildren in Fort Worth Are Learning that Protecting the Environment Will Take More Than Awarenessâ by Documerica photographer Jim Olive, & she wrote in her submission, âWe live in a globe where people really do speak their minds & we are shown that we, the people, can make a difference.â
We posted all of the finalists on our contest website on Challenge.gov & on Flickr, & will soon post on the NARAtions blog. Â Thank you to the contest participants & to our judges, Michael Philip Manheim, Cokie Roberts, and Sandra Alcosser.
Are you feeling inspired? Â Join the public crowdsourcing effort to create a Documerica 2.0 hosted by the EPA and the Archives at State of the Environment photo project on Flickr.