The response to this year’s Art for Animals competition was overwhelming! With 870 entries from around the U.S. and around the world, NAVS’ 29th annual art contest was our biggest one to date.
Of course, more entries made it all the more challenging for our judges to narrow them down to just a handful of winners. It may sound like a cliché, but we wish we could have given a prize to every entry.
Six prizes were awarded this year: One “Best in Show,” First and Second Place adult winners, two Third Place adult winners, and one Youth Award.
Judges awarded this year’s “Best In Show” to Regina Gelfer’s work, “Breakthrough.”
“As an artist,” Gelfer told NAVS, “my greatest joy comes in knowing my work might somehow communicate a message or move people in some way.”
First Place went to “Bridge to Freedom” by Ceren Gobelez. Second Place went to “Emancipation” by Mustafa Akman. And two Third Place recipients, “Marta: Available for Adoption” by Faith Humphrey Hill and “I Love Them” by Rossella Paolini, rounded off our slate of adult winners. Eight-year-old Zhdan Protsuk received this year’s Youth Award for “Save Me.”
Thanks to all of the amazing artists who lent their talent—and compassion—to Art for Animals 2018.