Back to top
Back to top

Winners of Biodiversity Competition Announced

The winners of the International Year of Biodiversity Competition were announced this week. Alice Grey from Port Ellen Primary School on the Isle of Islay in Scotland took the top prize for primary school entries, while Shannon Church, Imogen Hale and Katie Lipscombe from St John’s School in Marlborough won the secondary school category.

The competition, organised by UNESCO Associated Schools in the UK to celebrate the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity, attracted 114 entries from across the UK. The competition was open to primary and secondary schools. Students were asked to create eye-catching awareness raising campaigns that promoted the International Year and carried the key messages about the importance of biodiversity. The competition will be featured in the next edition of the newsletter for UNESCO Associated Schools International which will be sent to schools in 180 countries.

The United Nations has designated 2010 as the International Year of Biodiversity (IYB) to celebrate the importance of biodiversity and highlight the different threats facing this irreplaceable natural wealth across the globe. The International Year is an opportunity to highlight progress made so far in protecting biodiversity, but also to recognise that we need to do more to promote creative solutions to reduce threats to biodiversity.

Primary School Category

Winner: Alice Grey, Port Ellen Primary School, Isle of Islay, Scotland
Runner Up: Christopher Patterson, Port Ellen Primary School, Isle of Islay, Scotland
Highly Commended: Class 4LB, King's Park Primary School, Bournemouth

Alice Grey’s winning entry was praised by the judges for using jigsaw imagery to convey the importance of the interconnectedness of biodiversity, displaying a strong understanding of the concept.

The runner up in the primary school category was Christopher Patterson, also from Port Ellen Primary School. His entry was deemed by the judges to be very artistic and colourful with a striking design that would work well as a reproduced logo or postcard.

Also in the primary school category, the entry from Class 4LB from Kings Park Primary School in Bournemouth was highly commended for its imaginative range of mixed media.

Secondary School Category

Winner: Shannon Church, Imogen Hale and Katie Lipscombe, St John’s School, Marlborough
Runner Up: Cianna Roncari from Eltham Hill Technology College for Girls, London
Highly Commended: Cecila Hallpike, Miranda Evans and Anamaria Monjardino, Camden School for Girls, London

The winning entry in the secondary school category was produced by Shannon Church, Imogen Hale and Katie Lipscombe from St John’s School in Marlborough. The entry was praised by the judges as a well-researched group effort that clearly represented the actions that we can take to help protect biodiversity. The judges also found that the poster demonstrated a clear understanding of the challenges to biodiversity.

Cianna Roncari from Eltham Hill Technology College for Girls, London, was named as the runner up in the secondary school category. She produced an information booklet on biodiversity and the judges felt that this was a great campaigning leaflet which clearly communicated all the key messages about the International Year of Biodiversity.

Cecila Hallpike, Miranda Evans and Anamaria Monjardino from Camden School for Girls in London were highly commended for their informative and energetic podcast which appealed directly to listeners about taking local action to protect biodiversity.

The International Year of Biodiversity competition was judged by Diana Garnham (Chief Executive, the Science Council), Felix Pepler (Creative Education Consultant) and Leo Vincent (UNESCO Associated Schools in the UK). The judges selected the winners from a shortlist of five entries in the primary school category and shortlist of ten entries in the secondary school category. Diana Garnham said:

The competition entries were outstanding and we had a really enjoyable – and difficult – task to choose the winners. There was inspiring creativity and students demonstrated a real understanding of the challenges to biodiversity as well as of the need for us to take action. Well done to all who took part and especially to the prize-winning entries!”

The prizes were generously donated by Foyles, the Natural History Museum and Dorset Cereals.

The competition formed part of the UK National Commission for UNESCO’s effort to celebrate the 2010 International Year of Biodiversity and was accompanied by an information pack for schools entitled ‘Biodiversity is Life’.

Written: 07/07/2010 , last modified: 22/07/2010

Back to top
  • Image Gallery

    Click on an image to start the gallery

    • Image: Winner, secondary school category: Shannon, Imogen and Katie from St John’s School in Marlborough

      Winner, secondary school category: Shannon, Imogen and Katie from St John’s School in Marlborough

    • Image: Winner, primary school category: Alice from Port Ellen Primary School on Isle of Islay

      Winner, primary school category: Alice from Port Ellen Primary School on Isle of Islay

    • Image: Runner up, secondary school category: Cianna from Eltham Hill Technology College for Girls in London

      Runner up, secondary school category: Cianna from Eltham Hill Technology College for Girls in London

    • Image: Runner up, primary school category: Christopher from Port Ellen Primary School on Isle of Islay

      Runner up, primary school category: Christopher from Port Ellen Primary School on Isle of Islay

    • Image: Highly commended, secondary school category: Eltham Hill Technology College for Girls in London

      Highly commended, secondary school category: Eltham Hill Technology College for Girls in London

    • Image: Highly commended, primary school category: Class 4LB from Kings Park Primary in Bournemouth

      Highly commended, primary school category: Class 4LB from Kings Park Primary in Bournemouth

    • Image: Shortlisted, secondary school category: Ryan and Sally from St John’s School in Marlborough

      Shortlisted, secondary school category: Ryan and Sally from St John’s School in Marlborough

    • Image: Shortlisted, secondary school category: Shannon and Catherine from St John’s School in Marlborough

      Shortlisted, secondary school category: Shannon and Catherine from St John’s School in Marlborough

    • Image: Shortlisted, secondary school category: Ed from Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester

      Shortlisted, secondary school category: Ed from Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester

    • Image: Shortlisted, secondary school category: Jack from Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester

      Shortlisted, secondary school category: Jack from Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester

    • Image: Shortlisted, secondary school category: Issy and Eden from St John’s School in Marlborough

      Shortlisted, secondary school category: Issy and Eden from St John’s School in Marlborough

    • Image: Shortlisted, primary school category: Robbie from Port Ellen Primary School on Isle of Islay

      Shortlisted, primary school category: Robbie from Port Ellen Primary School on Isle of Islay

    • Image: Shortlisted, primary school category: Bailey from Port Ellen Primary School on Isle of Islay

      Shortlisted, primary school category: Bailey from Port Ellen Primary School on Isle of Islay

    • Image: Display of IYB competition entires at the National Commission for UNESCO Regional Consultation for Europe and North America

      Display of IYB competition entires at the National Commission for UNESCO Regional Consultation for Europe and North America

  • Audio files

    Your browser doesn't appear to support our media player. This is probably because you need to install flash. To open the file in another program, click here:



Back to top

Regional and accessibility