Patricia Graffunder (MS-GMC student) Wins 1st Place in the Climate Action Photography & Art Contest

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Please join us in congratulating Patricia Graffunder (MS-GMC) for winning 1st place in the Climate Action Photography & Art Contest organized by the Atlanta Global Studies Center (AGSC) in partnership with the German Consulate General in Atlanta and the Georgia Department of Education as part of the second-annual Global Climate Action Symposium, Oct 6-8 . 

Students (K-18) were asked to present their perspectives and concerns on the climate crisis in photography or other art forms with an accompanying caption that explained their process. The number and quality of submissions in every grade level excelled expectations. There were over forty submissions in the college (freshman-postgraduate) level alone.

Renowned German photographer and climate justice advocate Barbara Dombrowski selected 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place winners for the Global Climate Action Art & Photography Contest alongside a committee review and selection team of Georgia Tech Faculty, Georgia Department of Education members, and Atlanta Global Studies Center staff.

Student winners were announced by Barbara Dombrowski during the Climate Action Symposium live stream on Thursday, October 8. 

Congratulations to the following winners in each grade level category!


Kindergarten-5th Grade

1st Place          Saniya Penny

2nd Place         Taylor Smitherman

3rd Place         Sai Srikar Patnaik


6th-9th Grade

1st Place          Elisabeth Robinson

2nd Place         Anya Biswas and Saishree Patnaik

3rd Place         Alexander Hogben


10th-12th Grade

1st Place          Whitney Pruitt

2nd Place         Larisa Prieskorn

3rd Place         Bryan Quigley and Neha Eloore


Undergraduate and Postgraduate

1st Place          Patricia Graffunder

2nd Place         Kristina Hilko

3rd Place         Lydia Fletcher


Visit the Global Climate Action Symposium website for additional information on the event.


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