“Slow To Run But Fast To Run Out” by Hannah Grace Cheriyan, one of the First Place winners of the 2002 contest
The earliest turtles can be traced back to the time of the dinosaurs, over 200 million years ago. Turtles and tortoises are living fossils that have survived and adapted to monumental natural changes, but now they are endangered by human activities. Unless serious conservation measures taken, many of worlds 207+ species will face extinction.
The contest encourages children and adults to explore the threats affecting the turtles and tortoises of the world and to propose possible ways to help save these unique creatures. Past contests have received over 1,000 entries from all 50 states, Canada, and Bermuda. See list of winners of the 2002 Poster Contest.
This is a wonderful project for interdisciplinary learning, linking the creativity of art design with scientific inquiry and literacy. Through creating posters, we hope to make people more aware of the problems facing turtles and encourage their creative abilities to develop possible solutions to the threats affecting these interesting animals.
Entries will be grouped according to age and grade level for judging. All entries will be judged by a panel of conservationists, artists and teachers on the basis of content, originality, and artistic merit.
Prizes will include a $100.00 savings bond for the Grand Prize Winner, plus official Turtle and Tortoise Society T-shirts, books, stickers, and a one-year membership to the New York Turtle and Tortoise Society. The semifinalists will be exhibited at the 29th Annual Turtle and Tortoise Show in New York City in June 2003, and winners will be announced in October 2003. All posters become the property of NYTTS.