Abby Macko’s depiction of a Spinosaurus fishing won first place in the 14 to 18 age group in the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences’ Dinosaur Illustration Contest for Kids.
Judges commented that the artwork by Abby of Raleigh was not only very good, but that the illustration also took into account the latest scientific reports on the Spinosaurus, depicting it as a creature that likely lived near water and ate fish.
Entries from Rebekah Stone and Elizabeth Alvord of Cary tied for second in the 14 to 18 age group.
The contest, held in conjunction with the museum’s special exhibition, “The World’s Largest Dinosaurs,” asked kids ages 2 to 18 to create their best and most realistic version of a dinosaur in its natural habitat.
The more than 130 drawings were judged on scientific accuracy and artistic ability by a panel that included museum paleontologists Victoria Arbour and Lisa Herzog, graphic artist Lori Belk, and scientific illustrator Liz Bradford.
James Epps of Raleigh won first place in the ages 9 to 13 category. Mira Arthur of Clayton won second place.
Julian Greenhow of Raleigh won first place in the 8 and under category. Liam Higgins-Flocke of Lillington won second place.
Local students who received honorable mentions include John Whistle Spillman of Pittsboro, Nishka Goggi of Morrisville,
Leonardo Gonzaga of Rolesville, Sarah Faith Duguid of Raleigh,
Camille Zehner of Chapel Hill, Jessie Johnson of Clayton,
Thaxton Keeton of Clayton, Reuben Burroughs of Durham,
Michael Russo of Zebulon, Lydia Johnson of Clayton.