We are proud to (finally) announce the winners of the 2021 Pops Art Contest! We know it has been a long wait, but trust us – it was worth it!
First, we want to thank our judges: Dr. Joe Sertich, Curator of Dinosaurs for the Denver Museum of Nature & Science; Audrey Atuchin, world renowned paleoartist, illustrator and biologist; Katie Orth, news anchor for Daybreak on KWGN Channel 2 in Denver; and Terri Mapelli DeMoney and Jerry Mapelli Gustafson, daughters of Roland “Sonny” Mapelli - donor of the Pops the Triceratops fossil to Weld County!
Next, we want to thank everyone who submitted an entry. We had 55 entries from around Colorado, the United States and the world! The work varied from pencil to sculptures and from realism to abstract. It was a joy to see the many variations of our beloved Triceratops!
Judges were asked to rate each entry on a scale of 1-10 for each of three categories: Creativity, Technique and Uniqueness. Trust me, there job was not easy! The totals were added up for each entry and the art with the highest score for each age group placed first, second, third or honorable mention. This is the work you will find below.
If you don’t see your artwork below, please know the competition was tough. All the judges, however, agreed that every entry deserved recognition, so those entries will be highlighted on the Pops the Triceratops social media platforms in the upcoming days. The art is just too good to not share with the world!
So, without further ado – 2021 Pops Art Winners:
Zarek Ochoa, age 5. He has loved dinosaurs for three years.
Olive McCue, age 5, from Greeley, CO. Her entry is a drawing of Triceratops from the front.
Xander Schreiner, age 4.
Daniella Trumbo, age 7, from Fort Collins, CO. Daniella said she loved this summer project, and she got to see Pops when she visited the Denver Museum of Nature & Science earlier this year.
Evelyn Skidmore, age 8, from Erie, CO.
Aishlyn Saenz, age 7, from Evans, CO.
Wesley Nolan Berg, age 6, from Amman, Jordan. (If you look back at earlier videos on the Pops Facebook and Twitter pages, you will find Wesley’s tour of his dinosaur garden he created when visiting family in Colorado.)
Kostenich Grigorii, age 8, from Novosibirsk, Russia. Grigorii likes to draw and to study everything about dinosaurs. His entry was created using pencils and oil crayons.
Sean Colin Diep, age 10, of Gilroy, CA. The title of his piece is “Triceratops vs. Carnotaurus” and was created watercolor.
Skanda. R, age 13, from Tamil Nadu, India.
Iker Manzano Lamadrid of Galdakao/Vizcaya, Spain
Emily Pratt, age 13, of Johnstown, CO. Emily used a sketching app to draw this image.
This artist prefers to go by the name Daspletoraptor and is from Glendale, AZ. This submission features Pops standing over a Tyrannosaurus it killed in combat.
Francine Fox of Wayne, NE.
Marconi Calindas of Palm Springs, CA.
Toby Taylor of Nunn, CO.