Everyday in the news we are so overloaded with reports of war and conflict that we tend to forget that images and stories of peace are still out there.
Since 2006, the What About Peace? contest at Global Exchange has been asking youth between the ages of 14-20 to creatively express what peace means to them.
This year, we received an overwhelming number of entries, including several from around the world. For months we sifted through 154 poems, 77 essays, 30 short stories, 77 paintings, 66 graphics, and 31 photos that answered the question: What About Peace?
After careful consideration from our judges, including our Grand Judge David Hartsough of the Nonviolent Peaceforce and Peaceworkers, we have our winners!
A special congratulations to our 2013 Grand Prize Winner, 17 year old, Kaitlyn Reber of Reading, Pennsylvania.
According to Grand Judge David Hartsough about the winning piece, “Kaitlyn Reber’s art shares the many important faces of peacemaking.”
More congratulations go to our First and Second Prize winners for the Visual Arts and Written categories:
First Prize Visual Arts: Tyler Reppert, 17 yrs of Wernersville, Pennsylvania
Second Prize Visual Arts: Cristina Serban, 18 yrs of Reading, Pennsylvania
First Prize Written: Africa, Land of Peace by Victor Sichangala, 16 yrs of Kabwe, Zambia
Second Prize Written: It’s You by Emma Nice, 18 yrs of Omaha, Nebraska
Check out our website for the runner-up winners in each category as well as recipients of the Jurors Awards and our Honorable Mentions. Also visit the What About Peace? Facebook page for a gallery of photos.
Also visit our information page for more information on how to get involved next year for a chance at the $1,000 grand prize!
Congratulations once again to the winners and thank you to all for sharing your beautiful work letting us all know that peace is possible.
Director of Organizing
P.S. If you want to send messages of peace all year long, consider getting What About Peace? greeting cards for just $5.